Mental Health and Suicide Prevention - Final Report

October 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76092-304-4

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Chair's foreword

Membership of the Committee

Terms of reference


List of recommendations

1. Introduction

  Other recent reports and strategic reviews
  Scope of the inquiry
  Conduct of the inquiry
  Structure of the report

2. COVID-19 and recent natural disasters

  Natural disasters
  Learning from other jurisdictions and systems
  Surge workforce and long term support
  Prevention and strengthening community supports
  Committee comment

3. Accessibility

  Availability of services
  Service capacity
  Rigidities in the service provision model
  Early intervention across the lifespan
  Delivering accessible services through community access and partnership
  Committee comment

4. Virtual mental health care

  Digital services
  Limitations of virtual mental health care
  Investment priorities

5. Workforce

  Australian Government review of workforce
  Overarching workforce views
  Defining roles and scope of mental health professionals in workforce planning
  Building a connected, diverse and engaged mental health workforce
  Coordinated care for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention services
  Professions contributing to the mental health and suicide prevention workforce
  Workforce wellbeing

6. Funding

  The National Agreement and Commonwealth-state and territory funding coordination
  Primary Health Networks
  The Medicare Benefits Schedule and the Better Access initiative
  Community and culturally-based services and programs

7. Building the evidence base

  Monitoring and evaluation
  Committee comment

8. Social determinants of mental health and wellbeing

  Social determinants of mental health and suicide
  Mental health promotion and wellbeing
  Culturally informed practice

A. Submissions

B. Exhibits

C. Hearings and witnesses

D. COVID-19 and bushfires mental health related funding

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4397

About this inquiry

The Committee was required to present an interim report on or before 15 April 2021 and a final report on or before 1 November 2021, and ceased to exist upon presentation of the Committee's final report in the House of Representatives, on 24 November 2021.

Past Public Hearings

27 Aug 2021: Videoconference
19 Aug 2021: Videoconference
13 Aug 2021: Videoconference