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Performance Targets 2018-19

PORTFOLIO BUDGET STATEMENTS

OUR OUTCOME

Provide expert advice to the Australian Government and cross-sectoral leadership on the policy, programs, services and systems that support mental health in Australia, including through administering the Annual National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, undertaking performance monitoring and reporting and engaging consumers and carers

Program 1.1

The NMHC continues to increase accountability and transparency in mental health and suicide prevention through independent reporting and the provision of advice to the Australian Government and the community. The NMHC continues to lead projects that improve the policy, programs, services and systems that support mental wellbeing and suicide prevention in Australia.

Performance Criteria

Reporting on national progress to improve mental health and prevent suicide

Prepare and disseminate the National Report on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

2018-19 Target: The 2018 National Report on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention will be published by 31 December 2018.

Improving system accountability, evidence and results

Undertake research, analysis and evaluation on key national mental health priorities

2018-19 Target: Evidence-based advice will be available to inform improvements in policy, programs, services and systems that support mental health and suicide prevention.

Promote consumer and carer engagement and participation in the mental health system

2018-19 Target: Increased opportunities for engagement and participation by consumers and carers in the mental health system.

CORPORATE PLAN 2018–2022

OUR PURPOSE

The National Mental Health Commission’s purpose is to provide insight, advice and evidence on ways to continuously improve Australia’s mental health and suicide prevention systems and to act as a catalyst for change to achieve those improvements. This includes increasing accountability and transparency in mental health through the provision of independent reports and advice to the Australian Government and the community.

The Commission will continue to seek to ensure investment in mental health is both effective and efficient. We will work with stakeholders – particularly with people with lived experience, their families and other support people – to ensure reforms are collectively owned and actioned and to enable their participation in government process.

The Commission seeks to engage with people with a lived experience of mental health issues, including carers and other support people, in all areas of our work. We affirm the right of all people to participate in decisions that affect their care and the conditions that enable them to live contributing lives. Diverse and genuine engagement with people with lived experience, their families and other support people adds value to decision-making by providing direct knowledge about the actual needs of the community, which results in better targeted and more responsive services and initiatives.

Throughout its existence, the Commission has applied the Contributing Life framework to its work – a whole-of-person, whole-of-system, whole-of-life approach to mental health and wellbeing. This means we consider people across the lifespan – from pre‐birth to old age.

A contributing life can mean many things. It can mean a fulfilling life enriched with close connections to family and friends; good health and wellbeing to allow those connections to be enjoyed; having something to do each day that provides meaning and purpose – whether it be a job, supporting others or volunteering; and a home to live in, free from financial stress and uncertainty. In short, it means thriving, not just surviving.

The Commission will work to support individuals to live a contributing life; have equitable opportunity; have the best possible mental health and wellbeing; participate in community, education and employment; have knowledge, assurance and respect, and able to contribute to socially and economically thriving communities.

Indigenous people have significantly higher rates of mental distress, trauma, suicide and intentional self-harm, as well as exposure to risk factors such as stressful life events, family breakdown, unemployment, racism, discrimination, imprisonment, crime victimisation and alcohol and substance misuse. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and social and emotional wellbeing is a priority across all of the Commission’s key work areas.

The Commission will facilitate collaboration across all sectors to promote mental health and prevent mental illness and suicide – this includes health, housing, human services, income support, justice, education, employment, defence, veterans affairs and the broader system to maximise outcomes and integrate service provision.

OUR KEY WORK AREAS

  1. Monitoring and reporting
  2. Vision 2030: A blueprint for mental health services
  3. Consumer and carer engagement and participation
  4. Prevention and early intervention
  5. Improve the physical health of people living with mental illness
  6. Workforce growth and development
  7. Mental health research
  8. Strengthen the Commission to enhance effectiveness