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Key Policies and Research

Key policies and research

Key Policies and Research in the mental health sector

The following resources are key state and national policies, frameworks and research for the mental health sector. It also includes links to other mental health publications produced by the Australian Government Department of Health.


Queensland Mental Health Commission – Shifting minds: Queensland mental health, alcohol and other drugs strategic plan 2018–2023
Planning for Wellbeing

A Regional Plan for North Brisbane and Moreton Bay focusing on mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drug treatment services

Queensland Health – Clinical documents, frameworks and memorandums of understanding
Mental Health Act 2016
Health and Community Services Workforce Council – Values into action: Community mental health practice framework


Australian Government key mental health policies, research, publications and initiatives
Australian Government, National Mental Health Commission – The fifth national mental health and suicide prevention plan

The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan (Fifth Plan) was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council in August 2017.

Everymind – Prevention First Framework: A prevention and promotion framework for mental health

Developed by Everymind, Prevention First: A Prevention and Promotion Framework for Mental Health is a plain-language guide to assist with strategic and coordinated prevention action.

Embrace Multicultural Mental Health – Framework for Mental health in multicultural Australia: Towards culturally inclusive service delivery

The Framework for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (the Framework) is a free, nationally available, online resource.

It has been developed to support Australian mental health services, practitioners, Primary Health Networks and others to work effectively in a multicultural context.

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards User Guide for Acute and Community Mental Health Services



QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
National Institute of Mental Health
The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use
Community Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Research Network
Black Dog Institute
Society for Mental Health Research
Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
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