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

2.5 Fourth plan Cross Sectoral Working Group (CSWG)

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In September 2009, AHMC agreed to establish the Fourth National Mental Health Plan Implementation Cross Sectoral Working Group (hereafter the Cross Sectoral Working Group – CSWG) to progress the whole of government elements of the Fourth Plan. The CSWG provides advice to the AHMC via the MHSC on issues relating to the Fourth Plan implementation.

The Cross Sectoral Working Group is currently chaired by an AHMAC member with Co-Chair by the MHSC Chairperson. Other representatives include three MHSC jurisdictional members, and one representative from the Commonwealth Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Defence, Health and Aged Care and Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Mental Health Council of Australia, Consumer and Carer representatives and officers representing various Ministerial Councils. In addition, other Ministerial Councils and agencies are consulted on an 'as needed' basis.

In alignment with the whole of government perspective of the Fourth Plan, the CSWG is tasked with both providing advice and facilitating Fourth Plan implementation activity relevant to sectors outside of health.

During the two CSWG meetings of 2010, CSWG members agreed for 17 Actions to be referred to the CSWG for their advice and/or facilitated activity. This included Actions 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 24, 31,& 34. CSWG members further agreed to keep watch of the following 8 Actions, including 16, 17, 20, 21, 26, 30, 32 & 33. Top of page

CSWG also reviewed the Fourth Plan Implementation Strategy and considered the detailed year-by-year implementation approaches relevant to the core business of the CSWG. All approaches were endorsed with minor amendments with the exception of Actions 14 and 24, which the MHSC advised was under continued development.

The CSWG have not yet established a work plan for 2011 – 2012 as this will largely be informed by the following concurrent processes affecting mental health reform:

  • COAG review of Ministerial Councils (may impact CSWG membership)
  • Outcomes of the HRIG reform process and subsequent COAG discussion
  • Resolution of the implementation process for the Fourth Plan.
In the interim, CSWG members have agreed to consult with their jurisdictional contacts to identify the existing and potential structures, processes, people, and policies that could be used to support implementation of the Fourth Plan in non health sectors. In doing this, they are also identifying specific actions relevant to their sector and raising awareness of their role in its implementation. This information will be used to inform the implementation process and will promote effective communication across sectors.