31 October 2019

Media Statement

Commissioner welcomes draft productivity inquiry report

The NSW Mental Health Commission welcomes the Productivity Commission’s draft report released on 31 October 2019. The recommendations made in the report align well with what the Mental Health Commission has heard during recent consultations with communities around NSW.

The Productivity Commission report focuses on growing the lived experience peer workforce, supporting people in distress early rather than waiting for a crisis, getting in early to prevent mental illness in young people, ensuring safe, affordable housing and having meaningful work.

NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey said the draft report “provides a strong platform for a national discussion across all sectors about getting the funding levels and levers right. Alongside people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, we need to clearly set out the path forward, and track progress to ensure outcomes are achieved equitably and where needs are greatest. Leadership by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in planning that forward direction is essential.

“Economic productivity is intertwined with an individual's health, wellbeing, opportunity and the freedom to live a life of meaning, and it also has downstream benefits for families, communities, workplaces and the economy. It is heartening to see the Productivity Commission take a whole-of-life approach to mental health that includes not only the social and economic participation, but also education, employment, social services, housing and justice.

“I congratulate the Productivity Commission on work developing the draft report, it is now up to the sector to work together to realise the opportunities this inquiry can bring to the wellbeing and mental health of our nation.”

A roundtable meeting with the Productivity Commission was hosted by the NSW Mental Health Commission in April 2019 to bring the perspectives of people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring and mental health advocates to the attention of the inquiry. The roundtable ensured that Productivity Commissioners had the voice of lived experience clear in their minds as they were writing the report and formulating recommendations. 

The NSW Mental Health Commission made a submission in April 2019 to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry informed by evidence, expertise and the voice of lived experience and advocating for a person and family-centred focus. Read the submission on the Productivity Commission’s website

ENDS

Media enquiries:

Joanna Durney
Manager, Engagement and Communications
Call 02 9859 5200 or 0477 721 339
Email joanna.durney@mhc.nsw.gov.au

About the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales
The Mental Health Commission of NSW was established under the Mental Health Commission Act 2012 and came into operation on 1 July 2012. The Commission is an independent statutory agency responsible for monitoring, reviewing and improving mental health and wellbeing for people in NSW. The Commission works with government and the
community to secure better mental health and wellbeing for everyone, and to ensure the availability of appropriate supports in or close to home when people are unwell or at risk of becoming unwell. In all its work, the Commission is guided by the lived experience of people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, their families and kinship groups.
Support services
If this story raises concerns or distress for you or someone you know, the following services are available to provide support and assistance:
NSW Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

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Last updated: 31 October 2019