The past 12 months have seen the release of key reports, such as the National Suicide Prevention Adviser’s (NSPA) Final Report and the Productivity Commission’s report on the inquiry into mental health. Both of these call for reform of Australia’s mental health system and suicide prevention efforts to better support the lives of Australians, and ultimately – save lives.
During this time, we have also seen record funding investment into mental health and suicide prevention, with the Morrison Government announcing $64 million for suicide prevention, $74 million for preventative mental health services, and $48 million for the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan.
More recently, a Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention was established to examine key reports released and additional strategic reviews and have since released an interim report on inquiry findings.
It’s clear that we as a nation are moving towards better improving our systems and supports to ensure that no Australian is left behind and working towards a world without suicide.
We made a submission to the Federal Budget 2021–22 consultation earlier this year which you can read here.
We have prepared a table which provides a snapshot of where our recommendations from our pre-budget submission, submission to the Productivity Commission, and submission to the NSPA Taskforce, have been accepted in the Federal Budget 2021–22 and where there’s still more work to be done.
For more information
Policy & Government Relations Team
Suicide Prevention Australia