When writing for the media, Mr John Feneley may be referred to as the NSW Mental Health Commissioner, and the Commissioner on subsequent references. In formal circumstances he may be referred to as the Mental Health Commissioner of NSW.
We can also arrange for expert comment by people living with mental illness. Please call our Media Contact below for more information.
The Commission is an independent statutory authority established with the purpose of monitoring, reviewing and improving the mental health and wellbeing of the community, guided by people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, their families and kinship groups.
The Mental Health Commission of NSW was established under the Mental Health Commission Act 2012 and reports to the Minister for Mental Health. The Commission is responsible under the Act to promote the governing principles of the Act which also requires public sector agencies to work co-operatively in providing services and supports to people with mental health issues.
In December 2014, the NSW Government adopted Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024 (Living Well), developed by the Commission following consultation with more than 2,000 people and organisations, including 800 people with lived experience of mental health issues, their families, kindship groups and carers. Living Well set out a 10-year vision for mental health and wellbeing for everyone in NSW. Read more about the Living Well reforms.
In 2018, the Commission developed a strategic plan – Key Directions 2018-2023 – to guide the next five years of work, which will focus on advocacy, strategic planning and systematic reviews. The work will highlight gaps, successes and leading practice as well as opportunities for reform critical to improve people’s journeys through systems and throughout life.