National Mental Health Service Planning Framework (NMHSPF)

The National Mental Health Service Planning Framework project aims to achieve a population based planning model for mental health that will better identify service demand and care packages across the sector in both inpatient and community environments.

Page last updated: 26 July 2013

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Overview
Project structure
Stakeholder engagement
History

Overview

The National Mental Health Service Planning Framework (NMHSPF) is one of the key initiatives contained in the Fourth national mental health plan (specifically action 16). With funding provided by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, the NMHSPF project is being led by NSW Ministry of Health in partnership with Queensland Health and other jurisdictions.

The anticipated outcome of the project is to achieve a population based planning model for mental health that will better identify service demand and care packages across the sector in both inpatient and community environments.

Current modelling data is focused around specialist services and is limited to a few jurisdictions. This project offers an exciting development in mental health planning that will better estimate service demand across the service spectrum and across different care environments and will allow jurisdictions to identify service areas requiring investment. This project will reform mental health planning in both Australia and internationally and will provide the mental health planning community with a solid tool from which to establish creative resource solutions.

Extensive modelling work will be done at a national level, building on the established NSW Mental health clinical care and prevention model and additional service modelling work done in Queensland.

The NMHSPF will have the following characteristics:

  • Nationally consistent - The NMHSPF will provide an 'Australian average' estimate of need, demand and resources for the range of agreed mental health services required across the lifespan and across the continuum of care from prevention to tertiary treatment.

  • Flexible and portable - The NMHSPF will be flexible to jurisdictional adaptation, and will be presented in a user friendly format. However, some technical aspects cannot be altered or the validity of the product will be compromised.

  • Not all, but many - To ensure national viability, the NMHSPF will not account for every circumstance or service possibly required by an individual or group, but will allow for more detailed understanding of need for mental health service across a range of service environments.

  • Not who, but what – The NMHSPF will capture the types of care required, but will not define who is best placed to deliver the care. Decisions about service provision will remain the responsibility of each state/ territory and the Australian Government.

  • Evidence and expertise - The NMHSPF will identify what services 'should be' provided in a general mental health service system. Contemporary mental health practice, epidemiological data and working with key stakeholders with diverse expertise will underpin the technical, clinical and social support mechanisms that will form the content of the framework.

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Refer to the following text for a text equivalent of modelling diagram

Text version of modelling diagram

This diagram consists of a top-level 'modelling' box with two-way arrows to three sub-boxes, entitled 'services', 'clinical' and 'costing':
  • The modelling box contains the text: Develop a population based planning model including service elements and care packages
  • The services box contains the text: Develop the detail for the mix and level of services including taxonomies and facilities guidelines
  • The clinical box contains the text: Develop the detail for the mix and level of services including standards, care packages, pathways and patient flow
  • The costing box contains the text: Develop cost benchmarking, cost weights, activity based funding models. Top of page

Project structure

The project will be supported through an Executive Group, made up of senior (director level) mental health representatives from all Australian jurisdictions; a Modelling Group; and three expert working groups as follows:
  • Primary Care / Community / Non Hospital Expert Working Group
  • Psychiatric Disability Support, Rehabilitation and Recovery Expert Working Group and
  • Inpatient/ Hospital Based Service Expert Working Group.
Consumers and carers will also participate as members on the Modelling Group and each of the three expert working groups, and a Consumer and Carer Reference Group.

Members of the groups will be experts and leaders in mental health, and will provide the clinical and expert advice required to deliver a national mental health planning framework.

Refer to the following text for a text equivalent of structure diagram

Text version of structure diagram

This diagram shows DoHA (Department of Health and Ageing) at the top level. Below DoHA is the Executive Group. Below the Executive Group is the Modelling Group. Below the Modelling Group are the following:
  • Primary Care/ Community/ Non Hospital Expert Working Group
  • Psychiatric Disability Support/ Rehabilitation and Recovery Expert Working Group
  • Inpatient/ Hospital Based Services Expert Working Group
  • Consumer and Carer Reference Group
  • ABF/ costing Top of page

Stakeholder engagement

The project will be engaging many stakeholders in different ways. Project group members will be sourced from a variety of stakeholders with expertise relevant to the project. Each state and territory has committed to facilitating the progression of the project and will be able to provide information regarding local relevance of the project specific to their jurisdiction.

The executive group will also publish a bi-annual communique for general access that will be posted on this website.

For general enquiries regarding the project, please contact your state or territory mental health director or the NMHSPF project team via email nmhspf@doh.health.nsw.gov.au. Top of page

History

In November 2009, the Australian Health Ministers Conference launched the Fourth national mental health plan. Endorsement of the fourth plan represents commitment by all governments to implement the following vision for mental health set out in the National mental health policy 2008:
"… a mental health system that enables recovery, that prevents and detects mental illness early and ensures that all Australians with a mental illness can access effective and appropriate treatment and community support to enable them to participate fully in the community."

The National Mental Health Service Planning Framework (NMHSPF) project is a 2 year (2011 to 2013) national project that will progress action 16 of the fourth plan, specifically:

" …the development of a national service planning framework that establishes targets for the mix and level of the full range of mental health services, backed by innovative funding models."

The NMHSPF project is joint - led by NSW Ministry of Health and Queensland Health, using funds provided by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. The project is a critical component of national efforts to build information and evidence to support decision making, inform policy, shape services and guide service reform across all governments.

Page last reviewed: 5 March 2013