One month to go: Have your say on the new Office for Mental Health

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury is encouraging Canberrans with an interest in mental health services to participate in the consultation on the establishment of Canberra’s first ever Office for Mental Health, which closes in one month.

“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,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“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?

“Setting up the Office for Mental Health is a key government priority that has the potential to make real, lasting, positive change for mental health consumers, carers and their families.

“Once established, the Office will enhance coordination of service delivery and ensure the ACT is at the forefront of innovation in care and support,” Mr Rattenbury added.

For further information and to access the online survey visit