Fourth Interim Report (Mental health)

Fourth interim report

Mental health: a consensus for action

8 October 2015

© Commonwealth of Australia 2015
ISBN 978-1-76010-302-6

View the report as a single document - (PDF 2338KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the committee (PDF 29KB)
Acronyms and abbreviations (PDF 8KB)
Executive Summary (PDF 61KB)

Mental health in Australia – situation: crisis
Previous mental health reviews
Findings of the National Mental Health Commission
Government inaction
Mental health sector response
Committee recommendations

Recommendations (PDF 19KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 40KB)
Chapter 2 - Background (PDF 237KB)

Mental health in Australia
Economic costs of mental ill-health
Social costs of mental ill-health
Current state of mental ill-health in Australia
Current government mental health spending
National Mental Health Commission
Previous mental health inquiries
Committee view

Chapter 3 - National Mental Health Commission Review (PDF 766KB)

Review process
Review findings
Review recommendations
Sector response to Commission's recommendations
Committee view

Chapter 4 - Government reaction (PDF 88KB)

Delay in releasing the report
Government response—processes and timeline

Chapter 5 - Issues—governance (PDF 154KB)

Fifth National Mental Health Plan
Mental Health Service Planning Framework
Outcomes focussed funding with reporting
Policy and funding uncertainty
Committee view

Chapter 6 - Issues—service delivery (PDF 261KB)

Committee view
Primary Health Networks and mental health
Committee view
Access to early intervention
Committee view
Linking housing and employment to mental health
Committee view
Committee view
Suicide prevention
Committee view
Rural and remote communities
Committee view
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and mental health
Committee view
Committee view
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities
Committee view
e-mental health
Committee view

Chapter 7 - Mental health services and the NDIS (PDF 73KB)

Commission's view
Witness perspectives
Response from the Department of Social Services
Committee view

Appendix 1 - Witnesses from mental health hearings (PDF 20KB)
Appendix 2 - Submissions in relation to mental health (PDF 12KB)
Appendix 3 - Additional information and answers to questions on notice (PDF 17KB)
Appendix 4 - Personal stories from mental health carers and consumers (PDF 53KB)
Appendix 5 - National Mental Health Commission – recommendations and findings (PDF 16KB)

Summary of recommendations

Appendix 6 - Expert Reference Group – Members' biographies (PDF 665KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senior Clerk's Office
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3555