April – inaugural Beyond Blue Cup played between Hawthorn Hawks and Geelong Cats
June – The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) announces a National Action Plan on Mental Health worth $4 billion over five years ($1.9 billion new funding). $538 million allocated to improve access to health professionals.
July – launch of the Beyond Blue info line (4000 calls in its first three months)
September – KidsMatter program launches with 100 primary schools to participate in the 2-year trial promoting mental health among Australian primary school students
November – The Better Access initiative is implemented, providing Medicare rebates for a range of previously unsubsidised mental health services, including consultations with psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists.