Engaging people living with mental illness will be an even stronger focus for the Commission following the release of the Review of the Mental Health Commission of NSW.
Tabled in NSW Parliament by the Minister for Mental Health, the Hon. Tanya Davies, the five-year statutory review makes 17 recommendations which will help shape the future of the Commission to 2024.
Independent reviewer, Dr David Chaplow recommended the Commission focus on engaging with people living with mental illness and on reviewing, evaluating and reporting on the mental health outcomes for the people of NSW.
NSW Mental Health Commissioner, Catherine Lourey said the review found that reporting 'should be holistic and systemic’ and ‘should encompass not just the role of the public health system in improving outcomes, but also the roles of private and general practice and the broader social sector’.
“The tabling of the report is a chance for the Commission to pause and reflect on 5 years of dedication and commitment to improving mental health for the people of NSW,” Ms Lourey said.
“I can proudly say that vast majority of the recommendations are already being implemented particularly recommendations around strategic planning and engagement.
“The review called for a clearly communicated, engagement-focused, strategic planning and annual prioritisation and I’m very pleased to say this is already underway.”
“This is a really exciting time for the Commission to strengthen our role in improving the mental health for the people of NSW,” Ms Lourey said.
There will be some changes to the legislation to focus on:
- monitoring, reviewing and improving the mental health and wellbeing of the people of New South Wales.
- three primary functions: strategic planning, systemic reviews and advocacy
- co-design and implement appropriate strategies to engage people identifying as LGBTQI (particularly those with lived experience of mental illness) and carers in its work.
The Mental Health Commission Act will also be amended to require that if the Commission makes recommendations in a report to Parliament regarding an agency, that agency must respond to the Minister tabling the report in writing within a reasonable period.