National Mental Health Workforce Strategy

The Strategy will consider the quality, supply, distribution and structure of the mental health workforce. It will identify practical approaches that could be implemented by Australian governments to attract, train and retain the workforce required to meet the demands of the mental health system in the future.

Page last updated: 23 September 2020

Development

Development of the Strategy will be overseen by an independent National Mental Health Workforce Strategy Taskforce (the Taskforce). The Taskforce will advise the Commonwealth Department of Health and the National Mental Health Commission, who are jointly developing the Strategy.

Jennifer Taylor PSM and Thomas Brideson are the Co-Chairs of the Taskforce. The Taskforce includes member representatives from across the mental health sector, including:

  • Professional, peak and peer groups
  • Consumers and carers
  • Commonwealth, States and Territories
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reference groups
  • Education
  • Economics

Working groups have been established to examine in greater detail and report back to the Taskforce on the following priority areas:

  • Rural and Remote
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Workforce Training and Education
  • Peer and Lived Experience
  • Inter-jurisdictional and Inter-governmental workforce policies and strategies

Timeframes

The Taskforce will provide initial recommendations to the Government by December 2020. A final report will be provided to Government by June 2021 prior to endorsement by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council.

Taskforce Terms of Reference

The Taskforce Terms of Reference were agreed to by the Minister for Health in February 2020 and outlines the expectations and key objectives of the Taskforce.

Terms of Reference for the National Mental Health Workforce Strategy Taskforce - 2020 (PDF 123 KB)
Terms of Reference for the National Mental Health Workforce Strategy Taskforce - 2020 (Word 24 KB)

Taskforce Members

National Mental Health Workforce Strategy Taskforce Membership (PDF 82 KB)
National Mental Health Workforce Strategy Taskforce Membership (Word 14 KB)

Communiques

Communique – Sixth Meeting of the Taskforce 19 August 2020 (PDF 101 KB)
Communique – Sixth Meeting of the Taskforce 19 August 2020 (Word 143 KB)

Communique – Fifth Meeting of the Taskforce 24 July 2020 (PDF 128 KB)
Communique – Fifth Meeting of the Taskforce 24 July 2020 (Word 144 KB)

Communique – Fourth Meeting of the Taskforce 19 June 2020 (PDF 119 KB)
Communique – Fourth Meeting of the Taskforce 19 June 2020 (Word 145 KB)

Communique – Third Meeting of the Taskforce 8 May 2020 (PDF 135 KB)
Communique – Third Meeting of the Taskforce 8 May 2020 (Word 19 KB)

Communique – Second Meeting of the Taskforce 24 April 2020 (PDF 104 KB)
Communique – Second Meeting of the Taskforce 24 April 2020 (Word 144 KB)

Communique – First Meeting of the Taskforce 27 March 2020 (PDF 146 KB)
Communique – First Meeting of the Taskforce 27 March 2020 (Word 144 KB)

Reports

National Mental Health Workforce Strategy - Literature Review (PDF 1227 KB)
National Mental Health Workforce Strategy - Literature Review (Word 482 KB)

Further Information

The Department of Health provides the Secretariat for the Taskforce and will update this page as necessary. Please contact MHWorkforceStrategy@health.gov.au for more information.