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

Priority area 3 - Service access, coordination and continuity of care

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Table Priority area 3 is presented as a list in this HTML version for accessibility reasons. It is presented as a table in the PDF version.

16. Develop 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

17. Establish regional partnerships of funders, service providers, consumers and carers and other relevant stakeholders to develop local solutions to better meet the mental health needs of communities

18. Improve communication and the flow of information between primary care and specialist providers, and between clinical and community support services, through the development of new systems and processes that promote continuity of care and the development of cooperative service models

19. Work with emergency and community services to develop protocols to guide and support transitions between service sectors and jurisdictions

20. Improve linkages and coordination between mental health, alcohol and other drug and primary care services to facilitate earlier identification of, and improved referral and treatment for, mental and physical health problems

21. Develop and implement systems to ensure information about the pathways into and through care is highly visible, readily accessible and culturally relevant

22. Better target services and address service gaps through cooperative and innovative service models for the delivery of primary mental health care Top of page

16. Develop 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 *

  • Responsibility - Nationally Coordinated
  • Implementation Approach
    • Lead: Commonwealth
    • Subgroup: all States and Territories
  • Type of Implementation Progress Measure - Qualitative
  • Who needs to report - Cwlth
  • Relevant Indicator Number ** - 13

17. Establish regional partnerships of funders, service providers, consumers and carers and other relevant stakeholders to develop local solutions to better meet the mental health needs of communities *

  • Responsibility - States/Territories
  • Implementation Approach
    • Lead: VIC
    • Subgroup: WA, SA and Commonwealth
  • Type of Implementation Progress Measure - Quantitative
  • Who needs to report - States Top of page

18. Improve communication and the flow of information between primary care and specialist providers, and between clinical and community support services, through the development of new systems and processes that promote continuity of care and the development of cooperative service models *

  • Responsibility - Jurisdictional
  • Implementation Approach
    • Lead: QLD
    • Subgroup: TAS and NSW
  • Type of Implementation Progress Measure - Qualitative
  • Who needs to report - All Govts
  • Relevant Indicator Number - 17

19. Work with emergency and community services to develop protocols to guide and support transitions between service sectors and jurisdictions

  • Responsibility - States/Territories and Cross Sectoral
  • Implementation Approach
    • Lead: NSW
    • Subgroup: SA, QLD and SQPS
    • Then to CSWG for agreement
  • Type of Implementation Progress Measure - Qualitative
  • Who needs to report - States Top of page

20. Improve linkages and coordination between mental health, alcohol and other drug and primary care services to facilitate earlier identification of, and improved referral and treatment for, mental and physical health problems *

  • Responsibility - Jurisdictional
  • Implementation Approach
    • Lead: Commonwealth
    • Subgroup: NSW ,TAS and National Comorbidity Collaboration (NCC)
  • Type of Implementation Progress Measure - Qualitative
  • Who needs to report - All Govts

21. Develop and implement systems to ensure information about the pathways into and through care is highly visible, readily accessible and culturally relevant *

  • Responsibility - Jurisdictional
  • Implementation Approach
    • Lead: NSW
    • Subgroup: ACT and NT
  • Type of Implementation Progress Measure - Qualitative
  • Who needs to report - All Govts Top of page

22. Better target services and address service gaps through cooperative and innovative service models for the delivery of primary mental health care *

  • Responsibility - Jurisdictional
  • Implementation Approach
    • Lead: Commonwealth
    • Subgroup: QLD, TAS, NT and NSW
  • Type of Implementation Progress Measure - Qualitative
  • Who needs to report - All Govts

Footnotes

* Note: these actions to be progressed alongside each other to ensure that the national service planning framework is linked into the development of these models.
** Note: indicators of direct relevance to each action are listed, noting that not all 25 indicators can be directly correlated with an action in the Plan. Refer to Attachment A for a full list of indicators.