Have your say on the new ACT Office for Mental Health

Canberrans with an interest in mental health services are encouraged to participate in the consultation on the establishment of Canberra’s first Office for Mental Health.


Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury said, “Establishing the Office is an exciting chance for us to hear from the community about what they see as the key challenges in the ACT mental health system, and how the new Office can address these challenges in the future.


“Targeted consultation on the new office with mental health service consumers, carers and stakeholders in the mental health sector has been underway since October.


All Canberrans can still contribute to shaping the Office by participating in an online survey before 8 February, and I would encourage interested community members to take this opportunity.”


The online survey includes questions such as:

  • What are the key challenges in tackling mental health in the ACT?
  • How can a new Office address these challenges?
  • Are there specific powers, tasks or roles a new Office should undertake? Any that should be avoided?
  • How could a new Office drive better Territory-wide integration of our mental health system?
  • If the new Office was to be judged as successful in the future, what would have changed in the ACT in five years?
  • What relationship should the new Office have with Government itself as well as with consumers, carers, health professionals, individual government agencies, researchers, others?


For further information and to access the online survey see www.health.act.gov.au/our-services/mental-health/office-mental-health


9 January 2018.