Key plans

The Mental Health Branch (MHB) is the lead agency responsible for coordinating whole-of-government policy development and implementation in the area of mental health.

The work of the MHB is driven by the key strategic directions for NSW Health. These include:

  • making prevention everybody's business
  • creating better experiences for people using health services
  • strengthening primary health and continuing care in the community
  • building regional and other partnerships for health
  • making smart choices about the costs and benefits of health services
  • building a sustainable health workforce
  • being ready for new risks and opportunities.

The NSW State Health Plan reflects the health priorities in the NSW Government's State Plan with strategies based on evidence of what works and challenging targets set for the future. The State Health Plan identifies mental health as a priority area.​​​​​​​

The NSW State Plan outlines the NSW Government's key objectives and priorities for the future.

The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan and the supporting Implementation Plan was endorsed in 2017 by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council members. The plan builds on the foundation established by previous national mental health plans and reform efforts. It describes a cross-jurisdictional framework for implementing national action over the next five years with targeted action across eight priority areas.


NSW Strategic Framework and Workforce Plan for Mental Health 2018-2022

The NSW Strategic Framework and Workforce Plan for Mental Health 2018-2022: A Framework and Workforce Plan for NSW Health Services provides overarching guidance for NSW Health strategic action over the next five years. Strategic actions aim to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people with lived experience of mental illness, the experience of care for their families, carers and supporters and staff experiences

Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW 2018-2023

The Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW 2018-2023 starts the journey towards zero suicides in NSW. It sets out the state's priorities for further coordinating, integrating and investing in suicide prevention activities, while building on what is already in place.

The framework has been developed by the NSW Mental Health Commission and the NSW Ministry of Health in collaboration with people with lived experience of a suicide attempt or suicide bereavement, government agencies, mental health organisations and experts in suicide prevention.

More than 1,800 people provided written submissions, participated in meetings, completed an online survey and joined community forums to contribute to the framework's development.

More information about the framework is available:

Page Updated: Thursday 22 November 2018
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