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New Office of Mental Health Announced

15 Jun 2018

ACT Minister for Mental Health, Shane Rattenbury, officially announced the formal establishment of the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The Office will be known as the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing in recognition of how our lifestyles shape our mental welfare. The ACT Government is committed to an integrated approach to promoting mental wellbeing and suicide and self-harm prevention and the new Office would develop a renewed vision for mental health in the ACT.  it will prepare a practical mental health reform work plan within 100 days.


The establishment of the office recognised that people were frustrated by some cracks in the system, including the realisation that the service system needed to make sure it was keeping up with demand.

The model for the Office was developed in consultation with the community, mental health consumers and carers, mental health organisations, peak bodies and ACT Government agencies and was informed by similar offices established in Australia and overseas.

Key features of the Office

Next steps in establishing the Office


Further information

Available in this brochure and media release.

The full consultant’s report and the Government’s response is also available on the ACT Health website here.