​​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
NSW Mental Health Reform 2014-2024
NSW Mental Health Reform 2014-2024 - 12 months on
Strengthening Mental Health Care

The Government has invested $1.7 billion for mental health in 2015-16, and the early years of reform are being delivered through a $115 million boost over three years to mental health funding.

The Government is investing $45 million to boost specialist mental health services in the community, $47 million to provide for enhanced community living supports and $7.5 million to support pathways to community living in the first three years of the reforms.

A further $15.5 million will strengthen workforce support, innovation and research in mental health.

Page Updated: Friday 18 December 2015