The NSW Government is undertaking a decade-long whole-of-government enhancement of mental health care.
The reforms come in response to the Mental Health Commission of NSW’s Living Well report, a framework for reform which puts people - not processes - at the centre of the mental health care system.
Hospital care will always be an important option for those needing higher level care. However, evidence shows that mental health care should be recovery-focussed.
Care should be provided in the least restrictive setting, close to home where possible, with minimal disruption to a person’s family, community supports, networks and relationships.
The Government wants to improve mental health services and the wellbeing of the community in partnership with non-government organisations (NGOs), consumers and carers to deliver better lives for people with mental illness, their families and carers.
To strengthen mental health care in NSW, the Government will focus on:
- A greater focus on community-based care
- Strengthening prevention and early intervention
- Developing a more responsive system
- Working together to deliver person-centred care
- Building a better system