PHN Priorities: Mental health
The issue of mental health has the attention of the health care and broader community alike. Meeting needs of people with mental health issues and those of their carers requires flexibility in approach and solutions, and this has been supported through funding for a diverse range of projects across the community. As the WA PHN embarks on a project to map Western Australia’s mental health and drug services against social and demographic needs, we take a look at some of the ways that the health care community has recently contributed to supporting mental health care in Australia and highlight upcoming events.
PHNs actively involved in improving mental health care:
- An Integrated Atlas of Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs (the Atlas), is being commissioned by the WA Primary Health Alliance in partnership with the WA Government through the Mental Health Commission and the Department of Health, see: WA mental health services to be better targeted in unique initiative.
- A joint white paper from Victorian PHNs and Partners in Recovery centres on systems change and strategic partnerships to improve mental health outcomes.
- The Transition Support Program went live on 1 July 2016
The Partners in Recovery (PIR) and Day to Day Living in the Community (D2DL) organisations received extended funding until 30 June 2019 to deliver the Transition Support Program and ensure service continuity for existing clients to:
- Assist program clients to test their eligibility for NDIS supports
- Assist eligible clients to access NDIS supports
- Provide program services to NDIS participants during the transition phase
The focus of the transition phase of the programs is to support the NDIS rollout.
PHCRIS actively involved in improving mental health care:
Researchers actively involved in improving mental health care:
- Launched on 19 July 2016 at a forum for discussions and networking, the Mental Health: Exploring Collaborative Community Reform in South Australia [PDF:1.1Mb] report was prepared by the Australian Centre for Community Services Research at Flinders University in partnership with the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia and the Don Dunstan Foundation.
Events focusing on improving mental health care:
- 17th International Mental Health Conference, Guiding the change, 10–12 August 2016, Gold Coast, Qld
- World Federation for Mental Health International Conference, 17–19 October 2016, Cairns, Qld
- AHHA Mental Health Network Meeting, 27 July 2016, Darwin, NT. “The third meeting of the Mental Health Network will bring together a wide range of stakeholders to share information and expertise around mental health initiatives with a focus on primary health care”
Research Profile members actively involved in improving mental health care:
- Jeff Cheverton and Tina Janamian, The Partners in Recovery program: mental health commissioning using value co-creation, (2016). Med J Aust, 204(7), S38
- Lennart Reifels, Improving access to primary mental healthcare for Indigenous Australians, (2015). Aust N Z J Psychiatry, 49(2), 118–28
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