Supporting documents

Below is a list of documents that supported the development process for a Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW.


Living well in our community - Paper 1 - download in Word (615 KB) or PDF (1.28 MB)

Journeys - towards a draft Strategic Plan - Working Paper (PDF 1.2 MB)

Yarning honestly about Aboriginal mental health in NSW - Working Paper (PDF 1 MB)

Community consultation

The Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW that reflects the needs, wishes and priorities of people across the State. Listening has been an essential part of the process. For the development of the Strategic Plan the Commission held a series of forums with a diverse range of groups and communities across NSW. These forums were opportunities for people - young, old and in-between - to share their experiences, views and ideas for change. What we heard came together in the documents listed below. These were then used to refine ideas, to generate more ideas and, ultimately, to inform the Strategic Plan. 

What we know - the consumer perspective on mental health reform (PDF 656 KB)
This document outlines what people living with mental illness and NSW Consumer Advisory Group – Mental Health Inc. (the peak body representing people with a lived experience of mental illness) told us needs to change.

Yarning with the Aboriginal people of NSW 
Download in Word (565 KB) or PDF (389 KB)
This document outlines what the Aboriginal people of NSW who we met in 2013 told us needs to change.

Listening to the people of regional NSW 
Download in Word (566 KB) or PDF (417 KB)
This document outlines what the people of regional NSW who we met in 2013 told us needs to change.


The Commission undertook a very broad consultation process to inform the development of the draft Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW, including face-to-face meetings, forums and online discussions. In order to supplement these consultations, some organisations were invited by the Commission to provide submissions for consideration. The submissions that were approved for publication by the organisations involved are listed here.

ACON (Word 121 KB)

Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ACSA) (PDF 157 KB)

Anglicare (PDF 475 KB)

Australian Psychological Society (PDF 483 KB)

BoysTown (PDF 89 KB)

Butterfly Foundation (PDF 904 KB)

Future Achievement Australia (Max Potential) (PDF 320 KB)

Healing Foundation (PDF 1 MB)

Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) (PDF 108 KB)

Indigenous Australians with Mental Health Disorders and Cognitive Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System project team (PDF 70 KB)

Lifeline (PDF 257 KB)

Milk Crate Theatre (Word 107 KB)

Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (NADA) (PDF 113 KB)

National Disability Services (NDS) (PDF 658 KB)

NSW Aboriginal Affairs (PDF 207 KB)

Redfern Community (Word 38 KB)

The Benevolent Society (Word 67 KB)

Uniting Care - Children, Young People and Families (Word 358 KB)

Uniting Care Mental Health (Word 84 KB)

Welsey Mission (PDF 351 KB)

Commissioned papers

These papers were commissioned by the NSW Mental Health Commission to inform the development of the draft Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW.

Australia's international human rights obligations - Professor Bernadette McSherry, University of Melbourne (PDF 321 KB)

Broke systems: breaking people: A report on carer expectations of the NSW draft Strategic Plan for Mental Health - Mental Health Carers ARAFMI NSW Inc (PDF 1.2 MB)

Building Community Resilience and Wellbeing Report - Associate Professor Lindsay Oades, Director Australian Institute of Business Wellbeing, The University of Wollongong (PDF 993 KB)

Carers and Community Needs - Mental Health Carers ARAFMI NSW Inc (PDF 376 KB)

Clinical services planning for adults with intellectual disability and co-occuring mental disorders - School of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales (PDF 395 KB)

Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Research to assist with development of draft Strategic Plan - DiverseWerks (PDF 1.1 MB)

Leaders Forum on Mental Health and CALD Communities (PDF 264 KB)

Mental health and substance use: opportunities for innovative prevention and treatment - Professor Maree Teesson, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (PDF 315 KB)

NSW mental health services in context - Prof. Kathy Eagar, Director of Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong (PDF 902 KB)

Primary Care Mental Health Strategy - General Practice NSW (PDF 764 KB)

Strategies for adopting and strengthening e-mental health - The Sax Institute (PDF 2.1 MB)

Telling it like it is: Community Report - ReachOut by Inspire Foundation (PDF 242 KB)

Towards a Mental Health Strategy for NSW: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI)  Community Consultations - ACON (PDF 365 KB)

Trauma-informed care and practice: Forum report and evaluation - Mental Health Coordinating Council, Adults Surviving Child Abuse (PDF 1.2 MB)

Views of the NSW Refugee Health Improvement Network - Refugee Health Improvement Network (PDF 308 KB)

If you have trouble downloading any of the above documents, please contact the Commission on 02 9859 5200 to discuss other options.

Reference material

Richmond Report - Inquiry into Health Services for the Psychiatrically Ill and Developmentally Disabled 1983

Burdekin Report - National Inquiry into the human rights of people with mental illness 1993

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