Achieving integrated regional planning and service delivery

A central theme underpinning the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan is strengthening regional integration to support a more effective, person-centred service system. Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and Local Hospital Networks (LHNs) will lead regional integration activities.

Page last updated: 23 October 2018

Action 1.2 of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan commits Governments to develop and release guidance to assist LHNs and PHNs to develop joint regional plans.

The Joint Regional Planning for Integrated Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Services: A Guide for Local Health Networks (LHNs) and Primary Health Networks (PHNs) is now available to inform and assist regional planning by LHNs and PHNs.

The Guide was developed by a Working Group with membership from commonwealth, state and territory governments, two PHNs and two LHNs, and has been endorsed by the Mental Health Principal Committee of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC). This Guide:

  • Outlines Government requirements and expectations of joint regional planning and;
  • Provides best practice advice on the process of developing a joint regional plan, and on planning for integrated service delivery;

It is supported by a compendium of resources which provides details on available data, jurisdictional priorities and on how to access further relevant information.

The Joint Regional Planning for Integrated Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Services (PDF 834 KB)
The Joint Regional Planning for Integrated Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Services (Word 568 KB)

Compendium of resources - 23 October 2018 (PDF 1596 KB)
Compendium of resources - 23 October 2018 (Word 229 KB)