National mental health report 2013

This report, the twelfth in the series, summarises the system-level changes that have taken place in mental health between 1993 and 2011.

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ISBN: 978-1-74241-925-1
Online ISBN: 978-1-74241-926-8
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This report has been produced by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

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Department of Health and Ageing (2013) National Mental Health Report 2013: tracking progress of mental health reform in Australia 1993 2011. Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.Top of page

Guide to the National mental health report series

  • National mental health report 1993
    • Released: March 1994
    • Coverage: 1992-93 'baseline year'
  • National mental health report 1994
    • Released: May 1995
    • Coverage: Progress in 1993-94
  • National mental health report 1995
    • Released: July 1996
    • Coverage: Progress to 1994-95
  • National mental health report 1996
    • Released: March 1998
    • Coverage: Progress to 1995-96
  • National mental health report 1997
    • Released: March 1999
    • Coverage: Progress to 1996-97
  • National mental health report 2000
    • Released: November 2000
    • Coverage: Progress to 1997-98
  • National mental health report 2002
    • Released: October 2002
    • Coverage: Progress to 1999-2000
  • National mental health report 2004
    • Released: November 2004
    • Coverage: Progress to 2001-02
  • National mental health report 2005
    • Released: December 2005
    • Coverage: Progress to 2002-03
  • National mental health report 2007
    • Released: February 2008
    • Coverage: Progress to 2004-05
  • National mental health report 2010
    • Released: December 2010
    • Coverage: Progress to 2007-08
  • National mental health report 2013
    • Released: October 2013
    • Coverage: Progress to 2010-11 Top of page

About the cover

Cover image

NEG, Landscape of the Mind, 2005, watercolour on paper, 32 x 24 em
The Cunningham Dax Collection. See The Dax Centre website

Artist profile

NEG has had an experience of mental illness since the age of nine. Following participation in the Prahran Mission's 2nd Story Program, she took a place as an artist in their Stables Studio. NEG has undertaken a Writing and Editing course at RMIT and various art therapy sessions. She has also worked as a secondary school teacher and bookshop assistant.

Artist statement

"A friend once told me you never want to fight your demons, they always win. You can escape them tho' and that's what art does: you're so focussed on what you're doing: get that line just right, that shading there, and so on, that the demons don't even get a look in, unless you're drawing them, and like vampires they really don't like that, (They're 'sprung' as it were) so they just give up out of boredom and wander off until the next time they can take you by surprise." NEG, 2008, The Borderline Picture Book .

About the Cunningham Dax Collection

The Cunningham Dax Collection, amassed over a 70 year period, consists of over 15,000 artworks including works on paper, photography, paintings, sculptural work, journals, digital media and video created by people with an experience of mental illness and/or psychological trauma. The Cunningham Dax Collection is part of the Dax Centre. The Dax Centre promotes mental health and wellbeing by fostering a greater understanding of the mind, mental illness and trauma through art and creativity.

For more information on the Cunningham Dax Collection, The Dax Centre and to view the online gallery of past exhibitions, visit: The Dax Centre website