ACEM's Summit saw more than 170 emergency doctors, psychiatrists, consumers, clinicians and key decision makers discuss and agree on seven key principles to tackle Australia’s mental health crisis.

Download the Summit communique.

ACEM will continue to release data on this issue, and this will be supported with meetings with Health Ministers and CEOs of health departments, and advocacy groups.
ACEM will also continue to work with colleagues within the health system to develop a Consensus Statement that captures commitments and provides the mandate for systemic actions by governments, services and health professionals across Australia.

Watch the Summit

  • Panel One: Mental Health and the Emergency Department Experience: Using and Working in the System
  • Panel Two: Meeting Clinical Needs in an Acute Mental Crisis
  • Panel Three: Meeting Wider Needs in a Mental Health Crisis
  • Panel Four: System Reform: Where to Invest? Final Session: Next Steps – Key Priorities and Ways Forward


  • Summit Program
  • Media Coverage and Advocacy
  • More information on Access Block
  • Who attended

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