The Guiding Principles to Manage a Surge in Demand for Mental Health Services provides Local Health Districts/Specialty Health Networks Mental Health Services with a series of key principles for managing an increase in service demand, adaptable to local service models and settings.

The Guiding Principles should be in conjunction with other strategies that address demand on Mental Health Services, such as locally developed surge plans and workforce planning frameworks.

Document information

Developed by

Multi-specialty, multidisciplinary Child and Youth Mental Health Working Group.


Endorsed by

David Pearce, Executive Director, Mental Health Branch

For use by

Mental Health Community of Practice; via NSW Health mental health webpage