New bodies focus on improved mental health

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Two new national peak bodies are being created to represent people with lived experiences of mental ill-health.

Federal Health Minister Mark Butler said the National Mental Health Consumer Peak Body and the Mental Health Carers, Family and Kin Peak Body would work closely with the Government.

Minister Butler said the new bodies would be run by the National Mental Health Consumer Alliance and Mental Health Carers Australia, respectively.

“Once established, the peak bodies will work closely with people with lived experience, the wider sector and government, to improve mental health outcomes for all Australians,” he said.

Minister Butler said the organisations have been allocated $7.5 million over three years for the establishment and early operation of the two peak bodies.

“The role and function of the new bodies will draw on a comprehensive co-design process, including nearly 250 public submissions,” he said.

“Hearing from those with lived experience is incredibly important to making improvements in mental health. Progress will come from putting consumers and carers first.”