Fourth national mental health plan: implementation strategy

Priority area 2 - Prevention and early intervention

Page last updated: November 2010

The actions for priority area 2 are:

  1. Work with schools, workplaces and communities to deliver programs to improve mental health literacy and enhance resilience
  2. Implement targeted prevention and early intervention programs for children and their families through partnerships between mental health, maternal and child health services, schools and other related organisations
  3. Expand community-based youth mental health services which are accessible and combine primary health care, mental health and alcohol and other drug services
  4. Implement evidence-based and cost-effective models of intervention for early psychosis in young people to provide broader national coverage
  5. Provide education about mental health and suicide prevention to front line workers in emergency, welfare and associated sectors
  6. Coordinate state, territory and Commonwealth suicide prevention activities through a nationally agreed suicide prevention framework to improve efforts to identify people at risk of suicide and improve the effectiveness of services and support available to them
  7. Expand the level and range of support for families and carers of people with mental illness and mental health problems, including children of parents with a mental illness
  8. Develop tailored mental health care responses for highly vulnerable children and young people who have experienced physical, sexual or emotional abuse, or other trauma
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8. Work with schools, workplaces and communities to deliver programs to improve mental health literacy and enhance resilience

  • Responsibility - Jurisdictional and Cross Sectoral
  • Implementation Approach
    • Lead: Commonwealth
    • Subgroup: QLD, NSW and ACT
    • Then to CSWG for agreement
  • Type of implementation Progress Measure - Quantitative
  • Who needs to report - All governments
  • Relevant Indicator Number ** - 6

9. Implement targeted prevention and early intervention programs for children and their families through partnerships between mental health, maternal and child health services, schools and other related organisations

  • Responsibility - Jurisdictional and Cross Sectoral
  • Implementation Approach
    • Lead: QLD
    • Subgroup: Subgroup: WA, SA and Commonwealth
    • Then to CSWG for agreement
  • Type of implementation Progress Measure - Qualitative
  • Who needs to report - All governments Top of page

10. Expand community-based youth mental health services which are accessible and combine primary health care, mental health and alcohol and other drug services

  • Responsibility - Nationally Coordinated and cross sectoral
  • Implementation Approach
    • Lead: Commonwealth
    • Subgroup: SA and VIC
    • Then to CSWG for agreement
  • Type of implementation Progress Measure - Quantitative
  • Who needs to report - All governments
  • Relevant Indicator Number ** - 7

11. Implement evidence-based and cost-effective models of intervention for early psychosis in young people to provide broader national coverage

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

12. Provide education about mental health and suicide prevention to front line workers in emergency, welfare and associated sectors

  • Responsibility - Jurisdictional with National coordination and cross sectoral
  • Implementation Approach
    • Lead: Commonwealth
    • Subgroup: Suicide Prevention Framework Alignment Working Group to consult with SQPS.
    • Then to CSWG for agreement
  • Type of implementation Progress Measure - Quantitative
  • Who needs to report - All governments
  • Relevant Indicator Number ** - 10

13. Coordinate state, territory and Commonwealth suicide prevention activities through a nationally agreed suicide prevention framework to improve efforts to identify people at risk of suicide and improve the effectiveness of services and support available to them

  • Responsibility - Nationally Coordinated and cross sectoral
  • Implementation Approach
    • Lead: Commonwealth
    • Subgroup: Suicide Prevention Framework Alignment Working Group to consult with SQPS.
    • Then to CSWG for agreement
  • Type of implementation Progress Measure - Qualitative
  • Who needs to report - All governments Top of page

14. Expand the level and range of support for families and carers of people with mental illness and mental health problems, including children of parents with a mental illness

  • Responsibility - Jurisdictional and Cross Sectoral
  • Implementation Approach
    • Lead: QLD
    • Subgroup: Subgroup: TAS, NSW and Commonwealth
    • Then to CSWG for agreement
  • Type of implementation Progress Measure - Qualitative
  • Who needs to report - All governments

15. Develop tailored mental health care responses for highly vulnerable children and young people who have experienced physical, sexual or emotional abuse, or other trauma

  • Responsibility - Jurisdictional and Cross Sectoral
  • Implementation Approach
    • Lead: NSW
    • Subgroup: Subgroup: NT, ACT and Commonwealth
    • Then to CSWG for agreement
  • Type of implementation Progress Measure - Qualitative
  • Who needs to report - All governments Top of page

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.