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Accessible mental health services for people with an intellectual disability: a guide for providers

This guide has been developed as a practical framework for the development of accessible mental health services. It provides assistance to professionals and to services to improve access to high quality mental health care for people with an intellectual disability.

2014Current

Evaluation of suicide prevention activities

An assessment of activities funded under the National Suicide Prevention Program and selected elements of the Taking Action to Tackle Suicide package over the seven-year period from 2006-07 to 2012-13.

2014Current

National practice standards for the mental health workforce 2013

These standards outline capabilities that all mental health professionals should achieve in their work. They are intended to complement discipline-specific practice standards or competencies of the professions of nursing, occupational therapy, psychiatry, psychology and social work.

2013Current

Practitioners' guide to recovery principles that support recovery-oriented mental health practice

Poster for practitioners.

2013Current

Practitioner guide to recovery principles that support recovery-oriented mental health practice: journey of hope and new beginnings

This guide provides some essential information and prompts for your day-to-day clinical work, whether you are working in a community or inpatient setting, with children, adults or older people.

2013Current

A National framework for recovery-oriented mental health services: policy and theory

This background paper is a summary of the research and policy that underpins Australia's national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services.

2013Current

A National framework for recovery-oriented mental health services: guide for practitioners and providers

This document gives guidance to mental health practitioners and services on recovery-oriented practice and service delivery.

2013Current

Consumer and carer guide to recovery principles that support recovery-oriented mental health practice: journey of hope and new beginnings

Brochure for consumers and carers.

2013Current

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.

2013Current

Australian Government response to: Before it's too late: report on the inquiry into early intervention programs aimed at reducing youth suicide

Australian Government response to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing's report on the inquiry into early intervention programs aimed at reducing youth suicide.

2013Current

National mental health consumer experiences of care project

Development and evaluation of a Consumer Experiences of Care survey instrument suitable for use as a national standard.

2013Current

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy

The objective of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy is to reduce the cause, prevalence and impact of suicide on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, their families and communities.

2013Current

Roadmap for national mental health reform

An outline of the reform directions that governments will take over the period 2012-2022.

2013Current

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.

2012Current

E-mental health strategy for Australia

This strategy sets out a long term vision for developing an accessible, high quality and integrated e-mental health care system.

2012Current

Mental health statement of rights and responsibilities

This statement seeks to ensure that consumers, carers, support persons, service providers and the community are aware of relevant rights and responsibilities and can be confident in exercising them.

2012Current

Clinical practice guideline for the management of borderline personality disorder

This guideline will assist health professionals to diagnose, treat and manage borderline personality disorder in adolescents and adults, and will improve understanding and recognition of BPD in health services and the community.

2012Current

National survey of mental health literacy and stigma

Report on a national survey to assess whether there have been changes in recognition, treatment beliefs, stigmatising attitudes and other aspects of mental health literacy.

2011Current

Fourth national mental health plan: first progress report of implementation activity January - December 2010

This report outlines the scope of work under way in the first year of implementation of the Fourth National Mental Health Plan.

2011Current

Response to the scoping study for a new peak national mental health consumer organisation

Australian Government response to the scoping study to inform the establishment of a new peak national mental health consumer organisation.

2011Current

People living with psychotic illness 2010

Report on the second Australian national survey of psychotic illness.

2011Current

Suicide: worried about someone?

Are you worried that someone close to you is considering suicide? Would you like to know how to help them stay safe and seek help? This brochure provides information about what you can do to help.

2011Current

Fourth national mental health plan: measurement strategy

This document describes the approach taken by the mental health sector to develop the performance indicators and targets of the Fourth National Mental Health Plan. It provides a high-level overview of the indicators and targets, details on indicator specifications, and planned developments.

2011Current

Evaluation of the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and GPs through the Medicare Benefits Schedule initiative

This comprehensive evaluation assessed the overall appropriateness, effectiveness and impact of the Better Access initiative.

2011Current

Mental health service in rural and remote areas program evaluation

This evaluation assessed the overall appropriateness, effectiveness and impact of the Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Areas (MHSRRA) program.

2011Current

State & territory jurisdictional reports: Activity relating to mental health reform prior to the implementation of the Fourth National Mental Health Plan

State and territory reports, December 2010.

2010Current

Evaluation of the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and GPs through the Medicare Benefits Schedule initiative: component A.2: a study of consumers and their outcomes (focusing on the occupational therapy and social work sectors)

Consumer outcomes focusing specifically on social workers, occupational therapists and their clients.

2010Current

Commonwealth response to 'The hidden toll: suicide in Australia'

This report outlines the plan for suicide prevention in Australia.

2010Current

Implementation guidelines for non-government community services

Information to guide implementation of the national standards for mental health services by non-government community services.

2010Current

Implementation guidelines for private office based mental health practices

Information to guide implementation of the national standards for mental health services by private office based mental health practices.

2010Current

Implementation guidelines for public mental health services and private hospitals

Information to guide implementation of the national standards for mental health services by public mental health services and private hospitals.

2010Current

Fourth national mental health plan: implementation strategy

This document details the process for implementation that will achieve the aims and objectives of the Fourth National Mental Health Plan.

2010Current

Carers identified?

Report of the project "Identifying the carer" to develop nationally consistent policies and good practice protocols to identify carers of people with a mental illness, and to provide nationally consistent information for carers on admission to a service.

2010Current

National mental health report 2010

This report, the eleventh in the series, presents the latest data on progress made under the National Mental Health Strategy.

2010Historical

National standards for mental health services 2010

This document outlines a revised set of mental health service standards which can be applied to all mental health services, including government, non-government and private sectors across Australia.

2010Current

Evaluation of support for day to day living in the community: a structured activity program

An evaluation to determine the extent to which the day to day living program contributed to improving the social and health outcomes of participants, and to inform the future of the program.

2010Current

2009/10 Update to the early childhood and parenting services scoping study

This report updates the Early childhood and parenting support services scoping study by presenting a current service system map for each state and an overview of the current methods of service system information dissemination across sectors.

2010Current

Tips for parents: adolescents

Advice for parents on how to communicate with adolescents and when and where to seek help.

2010Current

Tips for parents: relationships

Advice to parents on relationships, including making time to be together, dealing with family breakup and getting support.

2010Current

Tips for parents: babies

Advice for parents on how to survive the first year with a new baby.

2010Current

Tips for parents: kids 1-4

Advice for parents on managing and improving behaviour for children aged one to four years.

2010Current

Tips for parents: kids 5-11

Advice for parents on helping children deal with loss and change and problems relating to fitting in at school.

2010Current

Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program: case studies project report

This case study project investigated seven different sites where the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP) has been implemented, covering a variety of locations, service models and employment arrangements. The case studies were intended to highlight the development, implementation and some early outcomes of the MHNIP.

2010Current

Scoping study to inform the establishment of a new peak national mental health consumer organisation

This report presents the ideas, preferences and areas of consensus which emerged throughout the national scoping project for a new peak national mental health consumer organisation. It outlines an approach to organisational development which foreshadows a strong, viable and accountable organisation based on good governance principles and reflecting the need for an organisation which can deliver for and with mental health consumers nationwide.

2010Historical

Outcomes and proposed next steps: review of the Access to Allied Psychological Services component of the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care program

This report summarises the success of the ATAPS program to date, presents the outcomes of the review process and identifies key directions to refine and further improve the initiative.

2010Current

Review of the Multicultural Mental Health Australia (MMHA) project

This review analysed the effectiveness and efficiency of the Multicultural Mental Health Australia project and identified future direction.

2009Current

Framework for the national perinatal depression initiative 2008-09 to 2012-13

This document outlines the scope of the National Perinatal Depression Initiative, roles and responsibilities of governments and beyondblue, key areas for action, underlying principles, monitoring arrangements, and government investment plans.

2009Current

Framework for reducing adverse medication events in mental health services

This framework seeks to guide service development and quality improvement activities in relation to medication events and provide a nationally consistent approach where appropriate.

2009Current

Fourth national mental health plan: an agenda for collaborative government action in mental health 2009-2014

This document sets an agenda for collaborative government action in mental health for five years from 2009, offers a framework to develop a system of care that is able to intervene early and provide integrated services across health and social domains, and provides guidance to governments in considering future funding priorities for mental health.

2009Current

Comorbidity treatment service model evaluation

This report evaluated service delivery models for comorbidity treatment in the alcohol and other drugs and mental health service sectors, identified elements of good practice, and made recommendations arising from the evaluation.

2009Current

Panic disorder and agoraphobia: Australian treatment guide for consumers and carers

This guide is intended to help you find the right care and treatment for panic disorder and agoraphobia.

2009Current

Schizophrenia: Australian treatment guide for consumers and carers

This guide was developed for adults and young people with schizophrenia or who suspect they have schizophrenia and covers early treatment, support and recovery.

2009Current

Bipolar disorder: Australian treatment guide for consumers and carers

This guide was written by consumers and mental health professionals to answer the priority questions consumers have about treatments for bipolar disorder and living with the condition. Its purpose is to provide consumers with information on best practice in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder.

2009Current

Anorexia nervosa: Australian treatment guide for consumers and carers

This treatment clinical practice guideline is for adolescents and adults who have anorexia nervosa or who believe they are at risk of developing it. The guide contains the latest research available on anorexia nervosa and recommendations from recovered consumers to assist you to choose the best kind of treatment.

2009Current

Coping with depression: Australian treatment guide for consumers and carers

The purpose of this guide is to clarify for consumers and carers the symptoms of depression and where to get help, the treatment options and an estimate of the costs, as well as advice on where to find further information and support.

2009Current

The Mental health of Australians 2: report on the 2007 national survey of mental health and wellbeing

This report presents a comprehensive summary of the results of the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. It provides information on the prevalence of mental disorders, their severity, associated suicidality, and comorbidity with other mental disorders and physical conditions, as well as what services people use for their mental health problems.

2009Current

National mental health policy 2008

This policy represents a renewed commitment to the continual improvement of Australia's mental health system.

2009Current

Development of clinical prompts to enhance decision support tools related to the National Outcomes and Casemix Collection

This report investigates the feasibility of linking clinical prompts to scores on the National Outcomes and Casemix Collection (NOCC) routine outcome measures.

2008Current

Quality framework for telephone counselling and internet-based support services

The quality framework lists core elements, their purpose and guidelines to promote the development and delivery of high-quality telephone counselling and internet-based support services. It includes a self-assessment tool to enable service providers to identify how well they meet the framework.

2008Current

LiFE: fact sheets

A set of plain language fact sheets arranged around topic areas that summarise the key issues in suicide prevention and suggest further sources of information and help.

2008Current

LiFE: research and evidence in suicide prevention

This report sets the context for suicide prevention activity, summarising current research, evidence and statistics relating to suicide and suicide prevention in Australia.

2008Current

LiFE: a framework for prevention of suicide in Australia

The revised Living is For Everyone (LiFE) framework provides updated information to mental health professionals and the wider community to enhance the understanding and prevention of suicide and self harm in Australia.

2008Current

National mental health report 2007: additional tables

These tables provide supplementary information to the National Mental Health Report 2007.

2008Historical

Summative evaluation of the national mental health plan 2003-2008

This summative evaluation shows that progress was made in all the key areas and stated outcomes of the National Mental Health Plan 2003-2008.

2008Historical

COAG mental health early intervention measure - early childhood component: study to scope potential service delivery

This report scopes potential delivery settings for early childhood services and mental health support for young children.

2007Historical

Review of Innovative Health Services for Homeless Youth Program - Final Report 2007

The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA or the “Department”) engaged Health Outcomes International (HOI) in February 2007 to undertake a review of the Innovative Health Services for Homeless Youth (IHSHY) program and to recommend future policy directions for the program.

2007Historical

Early childhood and parenting services scoping study

An overview of mental health services for children and adolescents, and of services to support their families.

2007Current

What is a personality disorder?

This brochure talks about personality disorders, outlining the main types, possible causes, treatment options, and where to go for help.

2007Current

What is mental illness?

This brochure talks about mental illness, outlining the main types, myths and misunderstandings, what can be done about stigma, and where to go for help.

2007Current

Alerting the community to the link between illicit drugs and mental illness: developmental research

This report explores awareness, attitudes, perceptions and experience of issues relating to illicit drug use and mental illness amongst youth, young adults, their parents and the broader community.

2007Historical

What is a depressive disorder?

This brochure talks about depressive disorders, outlining the main types, possible causes, treatment options and where to go for help.

2007Current

What is schizophrenia?

This brochure talks about schizophrenia, its symptoms and causes, treatment options and where to go for help.

2007Current

What is an anxiety disorder?

This brochure talks about anxiety disorders, outlining the main types, possible causes, treatment options and suggestions on where to go for help.

2007Current

What is bipolar mood disorder?

This brochure talks about bipolar mood disorder, its symptoms and possible causes, treatment options and where to go for help.

2007Current

What is an eating disorder?

This brochure talks about eating disorders, outlining the main types, possible causes, treatment options and where to go for help.

2007Current

National mental health report 2007

This report provides a view of trends and performance under the National Mental Health Strategy at national, state and territory levels, over the period 1993 to 2005.

2007Historical

Pathways of recovery: report of the national consultation on preventing further episodes of mental illness

This report describes the national consultation undertaken in 2004 on the role of relapse prevention in the recovery process for people who have been seriously affected by mental illness.

2006Current

Safety after leaving hospital: the reduction in risk of suicide in people who are discharged from inpatient mental health care

This report examines the range and evidence base of models for protecting against risk of suicide for people with a mental illness following discharge from a mental health service.

2006Current

Pathways of recovery: preventing further episodes of mental illness (monograph)

This paper considers the role of relapse prevention within the recovery process for people who have been seriously affected by mental illness.

2006Current

Pathways of recovery: 4As framework for preventing further episodes of mental illness

This document presents a framework to inform policy, programs and practice for continuing care to prevent further episodes of mental illness for people who have been seriously affected by mental illness. The basic elements of the framework are the 4As: awareness, anticipation, alternatives and access.

2006Current

National mental health report 2005

This is the ninth report in a series that has monitored the progress in mental health reform under the National Mental Health Strategy from 1993 to 2003.

2005Historical

Key performance indicators for Australian public mental health services

This report proposes a set of key performance indicators for use in Australia's public sector mental health services that is based on the National Health Performance Framework and linked to the strategic directions of the National Mental Health Plan 2003-2008.

2005Historical

National safety priorities in mental health: a national plan for reducing harm

This plan provides national direction in identifying, avoiding and reducing harm across all environments in which care of people with mental health disorders is provided.

2005Current

Anorexia nervosa: Australian treatment guide for consumers and carers, 2005

This treatment clinical practice guideline is for adolescents and adults who have anorexia nervosa or who believe they are at risk of developing it. The guide contains research on anorexia nervosa and recommendations from recovered consumers to assist you to choose the best kind of treatment.

2005Historical

Panic disorder and agoraphobia: Australian treatment guide for consumers and carers, 2005

This guide is intended to help you find the right care and treatment for panic disorder and agoraphobia.

2005Historical

Self-harm: Australian treatment guide for consumers and carers, 2005

This guide is for adults who have engaged in self-harm. It informs them of assessment, treatment and support options and what to expect of services intended to reduce self-harm and its related suffering.

2005Historical

Coping with depression: Australian treatment guide for consumers and carers, 2005

The purpose of this guide is to clarify for consumers and carers the symptoms of depression and where to get help, the treatment options and an estimate of the costs, as well as advice on where to find further information and support.

2005Historical

National mental health information priorities 2nd edition

This publication outlines priorities to guide the development of national mental health information over the period of the National Mental Health Plan 2003-2008 and beyond.

2005Current

Supporting parents and families: the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people

This brochure will help you to become aware of the warning signs of mental health problems, the importance of seeking early help and the ways you can help support your child or young person.

2004Current

Towards national benchmarks for Australian mental health services

This report is the result of research undertaken in 1999 to assist with the identification of mental health data items and data sets to determine useful performance indicators and benchmarks for mental health services.

2003Historical

National mental health plan 2003-2008

This plan identified four priority themes: mental health promotion and prevention; increasing responsiveness to consumers and carers across all mental health and related services; strengthening quality; and fostering research and innovation across the sector for sustainable programs and services.

2003Historical

Evaluation of the second national mental health plan

This 2003 evaluation report considered whether Australia had continued to make progress in implementing the objectives of the National Mental Health Strategy, including three additional priority themes identified in the Second National Mental Health Plan.

2003Historical

Comorbid mental disorders and substance use disorders: epidemiology, prevention and treatment

This monograph provides the evidence base and the beginning of a common language to address the complex issues around comorbidity.

2003Current

Stigma and discrimination

Stigma against people who have experienced a mental illness is deeply entrenched in our culture. This report presents the nature of the problems associated with stigma and through its recommendations suggests positive strategies to genuinely impact on stigma in our society.

2002Historical

Outcomes and indicators, measurement tools and databases for the national action plan for promotion, prevention and early intervention for mental health 2000

This publication is a support and resource document for the "National Action Plan for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health 2000". It includes indicators, measurement tools and databases relevant to assessing the implementation of the outcomes and strategies identified in the action plan.

2002Historical

Improving mental health literacy: a review of the literature

This literature review evaluates and interprets current research relating to improving mental health literacy, in order to identify the most effective communication strategies and tools to improve mental health literacy among target audiences in the Australian population.

2002Historical

Mental health of young people in Australia

This report represents the findings of the child and adolescent component of the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. It provides the first reliable, national information on mental illness in children and adolescents aged 4 to 17.

2000Current

A National model for the collection and analysis of a minimum data set with outcome measures for private, hospital-based, psychiatric services

The national model was developed as a mechanism capable of objectively demonstrating the quality of services provided by psychiatrists and private psychiatric hospitals.

2000Historical

The Mental health of Australians

This document analyses how much the Australian population is affected by mental disorders and considers the practical implications of these findings.

1999Historical

Innovative grants program: project summaries

This report is a summary of the projects funded under the Innovative Grants Program which was established in 1992 to support community-based reform activities under the National Mental Health Strategy.

1999Historical

Developing a casemix classification for mental health services: summary

This booklet summarises the findings of the Mental Health Classification and Service Costs Project, a study conducted under the National Mental Health Strategy. The aim of the project was to develop the first version of a national casemix classification for specialist mental health services.

1998Historical

Evaluation of the national mental health strategy

This evaluation, finalised in 1997, considered the effectiveness and appropriateness of the National Mental Health Strategy from its inception in 1992.

1997Current

National mental health policy

This policy, which preceded the National mental health policy 2008, was a joint statement by the health ministers of the Commonwealth, states and territories of Australia. Its intention was to set a clear direction for future development of mental health services in Australia so that appropriate services would be accessible to all Australians with mental health problems or mental disorders.

1992Historical