Fourth national mental health plan: implementation strategy

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

Page last updated: November 2010

The actions for priority area 3 are .

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Work with emergency and community services to develop protocols to guide and support transitions between service sectors and jurisdictions
  5. 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
  6. Develop and implement systems to ensure information about the pathways into and through care is highly visible, readily accessible and culturally relevant
  7. Better target services and address service gaps through cooperative and innovative service models for the delivery of primary mental health care

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 - Commonwealth
  • Relevant Indicator Number ** - 13 Top of page

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

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 Governments
  • Relevant Indicator Number ** - 17 Top of page

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

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 Governments Top of page

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

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 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.