Having commissioned an Inquiry into mental health by the Productivity Commission, the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing has now undertaken a consultation on the recommendations contained in the Commission’s final report.
The Consultation was undertaken using an electronic survey, which has restricted the response to each question to a maximum of 500 words. Research Australia’s response to each of the questions posed by the survey is provided in our submission. Our responses emphasise:
- the critical role of research in supporting the evaluation of existing programs and measures and the development and implementation of new programs;
- the need to focus on implementation and scalability as part of translating research findings into new and effective preventive mental health programs; and
- the essential role of data in evaluating the effectiveness of programs and the performance of the mental health system as a whole.
Research Australia acknowledges the contribution of our members to this submission, especially Black Dog Institute, Orygen, SANE Australia and Beyond Blue.