“The release of this much awaited Draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan is another important opportunity to support reform, and it’s now up to the mental health sector including consumers and carers, to help develop a plan that will benefit all.”
A successful plan should help overcome the lack of coordination and the fragmentation between layers of government that have held back our efforts to date.”
NACCHO and Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan have welcomed the release of the Draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan and is encouraging all ACCHO stakeholders to engage with the plan during the upcoming consultation period.
Download the Draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan at the link below:
PDF Copy fifth-national-mental-health-plan
The Consultation Draft of the plan identifies seven priority areas;
1. Integrated regional planning and service delivery
2. Coordinated treatment and supports for people with severe and complex mental illness
3. Safety and quality in mental health care
4. Suicide prevention
5. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and suicide prevention
6. Physical health of people with mental illness
7. Stigma and discrimination reduction
Summary of actions
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and suicide prevention
|1. Governments will work collaboratively to develop a joined approach to social and emotional wellbeing support, mental health, suicide prevention, and alcohol and other drug services, recognising the importance of what an integrated service offers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
2. Governments will work with Primary Health Networks and Local Hospital Networks to implement integrated planning and service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the regional level.
3. Governments will renew efforts to develop a nationally agreed approach to suicide prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
4. Governments will work with service providers, including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander access to and experience with mental health and wellbeing services.
5. Governments will work together to strengthen the evidence base needed to inform development of improved mental health services and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
6.Governments will develop suitable public health and communication strategies to better inform the community about suicide and suicide prevention.
Additional info Mental health services—in brief 2016
released: 14 Oct 2016 author: AIHW media release
Download Summary mental-health-serives-in-australia-aiw-report
Mental health services—In brief 2016 provides an overview of data about the national response of the health and welfare system to the mental health care needs of Australians.
It is designed to accompany the more comprehensive data on Australia’s mental health services available online at <http://mhsa.aihw.gov.au>.
Mental Health Australia is pleased to be partnering with the Department of Health to run consultation workshops on the plan during November which is an important opportunity for members to provide feedback and guidance on the plan.
National consultation activities to assist with the development of the Fifth Plan will run from November to early December 2016.
A series of face-to-face workshops will be conducted in all states and territories throughout this period. These workshops will be complemented by local consultation events convened by some states and territories.
An opportunity to submit general feedback on the Fifth Plan via this webpage will also be available throughout the duration of the consultation period.
Further details on the consultation activities and how you can participate will be available here shortly
If you need support you can contact one of our 302 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services clinics
or the following services:
|Lifeline Freecall||13 11 14|
|Kids Helpline||1800 551 800|
|NT Mental Health Help Line||1800 682 288|
|Headspace (12-25 years)||1800 659 388 or 8931 5999|
|Beyond Blue||1300 224 636|
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