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Fifth National Mental Health Plan

The Fifth Plan will set the direction for the ongoing reform of the mental health system over the next five years. Our submission considers priority areas and the direction of reform.

Consultation draft

A consultation draft of the Fifth National Mental Health Plan was released on 21 October 2016. The consultation draft focuses on achievable and measurable improvements across seven targeted priority areas:

  • Integrated regional planning and service delivery
  • Coordinated treatment and supports for people with severe and complex mental illness
  • Suicide prevention
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and suicide prevention
  • Physical health of people living with mental health issues
  • Stigma and discrimination reduction
  • Safety and quality in mental health care.

Download the draft plan:

Our submission on the draft Fifth Plan

Our submission on the draft Fifth Plan concluded:

  • The Fifth Plan represents the next important step towards improving the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians.
  • The Commission strongly encourages the plan be recalibrated towards the goal of a person-centred, recovery-oriented approach.
  • It is vital that the Fifth Plan sets a clear direction that is shaped by the work that has gone before it and identifies specific action that will take place to implement true reform.