Latest news | 31 Jan 2023

Butterfly welcomes announcement of $7.5 million investment to establish independent national mental health lived experience peak bodies


Butterfly welcomes the news that The Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Mark Butler MP, and Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention the Hon Emma McBride MP have announced funding of $7.5 million to establish and operate two independent national mental health lived experience peak bodies.

One peak body will represent people with lived experience and consumers, and the other will represent carers, family, and kin.

Minister Butler said, “These two independent national bodies will amplify the voices of consumers and carers to drive equitable reform in mental health.”

While Assistant Minister McBride added, “This investment puts the voices of people with lived and living experience at the centre of decision making as we work together to create a fairer, improved, system that meets the needs of Australians.”

This announcement is a significant moment in elevating the voices of people with mental ill-health, and their supporters, to drive mental health reform and build an equitable mental health system in Australia.

These two new peaks will ensure that the knowledge, and expertise of people with living and lived experience, and their carers, family, and kin shape the policies and programs that affect them.

Last year, members of Butterfly’s lived experience community had the opportunity to participate in a consultation in Sydney, among hundreds of other lived experience leaders and advocates to discuss the formation of the peak bodies.

Butterfly would like to acknowledge the decade-long efforts and advocacy by consumers, consumer reference groups, carers, family and kin that have come before this moment and have laid the foundations for the establishment of the peak bodies.

We look forward to working collaboratively with the sector and seeing the formation of the peak bodies in the future.


Media Contacts 

Zoe Bradbury, Butterfly

Thom Landers, Associate Director –  Edelman  

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