Evaluation of the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Programme

This report assesses the effectiveness and appropriateness of the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Programme and its current operational parameters as well as modelling future demand and growth patterns. It addresses patient outcomes, programme uptake, programme demand, cost benefits, programme structure and compliance.

Page last updated: 24 December 2012

Page last reviewed: 29 May 2015

The evaluation findings and options to redesign the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Programme will be considered in the context of the National Mental Health Commission's review of the mental health programmes.

The Australian Government recognises that mental health is important for the Australian community and is committed to ensuring that mental health services are delivered as efficiently and effectively as possible. It has tasked the National Mental Health Commission to assess the effectiveness of all existing mental health programmes across the government, non-government and private sectors. This process will ensure services are being properly targeted at patients, are not being duplicated, and are not being unnecessarily burdened by red tape. It will also identify any obvious service gaps.

The commission's deliberations and its final report will inform the government's future decisions on mental health, including funding arrangements.

Date of publication: December 2012

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The same publication in smaller sections:

Cover pages (PDF 209 KB)
Table of contents (PDF 165 KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 210 KB)
Glossary (PDF 225 KB)
Executive summary (PDF 422 KB)
Part A: Evaluation context (PDF 137 KB)
1. Introduction (PDF 334 KB)
2. Evaluation: approach (PDF (689 KB large file)
3. Situation analysis (PDF 380 KB)
Part B: Evaluation findings (PDF 137 KB)
4. Appropriateness: findings (PDF 491 KB)
5. Effectiveness: findings (PDF 644 KB large file)
6. Efficiency: findings (PDF 302 KB)
7. Overall findings and possible ways forward (PDF 333 KB)
8. Appendices (PDF 498 KB)
References (PDF 207 KB)

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