This report has been produced by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Drafting of the report was undertaken by a consortium led by the University of Melbourne, a consultancy arrangement managed by the Department of Health and Ageing. The report relies on data that could not have been presented without the cooperation of many people and organisations throughout Australia. In particular, the Department of Health and Ageing would like to acknowledge the assistance and cooperation of:
- State and territory governments for providing data through the various mental health National Minimum Data Sets, and other data submitted to the Department of Health and Ageing for the purposes of this report
- The Department of Veterans' Affairs and Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs for providing information on mental health initiatives and services
- The Australian Bureau of Statistics for providing data from the annual Private Hospitals Establishment Collection, and updated data in relation to suicide statistics
- The Private Mental Health Alliance for providing data in relation to mental health services delivered by the private hospital sector
- The Pharmaceutical Benefits Division and Medicare Benefits Division of the Department of Health and Ageing for providing data in relation to mental health expenditure and services delivered through their respective programs
- The Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee and its National Mental Health Report Editorial Advisory Group for providing expert advice on the drafting of the report
- The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for its work in managing the mental health National Minimum Data Sets and for its detailed quality review of data used in this report
- Strategic Data Pty Ltd, for providing the technical services to enable data precessing and web based validation of the mental health National Minimum Data Set, and for data management associated with the production of this report
- Buckingham and Associates Pty Ltd, for assisting the Department of Health and Ageing with data analysis and advice on drafting the report.
Whilst responsibility for conclusions drawn in this report is heId by the Department of Health and Ageing, the contribution and assistance of all persons and organisations that contributed to its production are gratefully acknowledged.