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.
Implementation Plan - NSW Strategic Framework and Workforce Plan for Mental Health 2018- 2022
The Implementation Plan for the NSW Strategic Framework and Workforce Plan for Mental Health 2018-2022 guides the Mental Health Branch and partner organisations on key elements of implementation required to achieve the goals over the next five years. An accompanying Excel Implementation Plan has been developed. The Excel document provides more details information on all actions for implementation and related performance measures.
NSW Strategic Framework and Workforce Plan for Mental Health 2018-2022: Progress Report for 2019
It provides the overarching framework for NSW Health action in mental health from 2018- 2022 and responds to recommendations in recent reviews including:
This document is the first progress report of the Plan and provides an overview of statewide and local achievements, including by NSW Health local health districts (LHDs), speciality health networks (SHNs), Ministry of Health branches, pillars and other NSW Health organisations.
It is intended to be considered and shared for the purpose of continuous quality improvement. The 2019 progress report will support NSW Health and partner organisations in the consistent planning, funding and implementation of actions to realise improvements in service efficiencies and consumer outcomes.
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:
NSW Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020-2025
The NSW Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020-2025 supports and assists NSW Health services in delivering respectful and appropriate mental health services in partnership with Aboriginal services, people and communities. Read the full publication.
The overarching vision of the Strategy is for Aboriginal people to have access to holistic and culturally safe services that provide the best opportunity for improved mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.
This Strategy is designed to support and assist NSW Health services in delivering respectful and appropriate care in partnership with Aboriginal services people and communities. The Strategy is the foundation for change that will support a future way of working under the national Agreement for Closing the Gap in Aboriginal Health outcomes.
The Strategy is supported by three goals:
Goal 1: Holistic, person and family-centred care and healing
Goal 2: Culturally safe, trauma-informed, quality care
Goal 3: Connected care
These goals are based on the NSW Strategic Framework and Workforce Plan for Mental Health 2018-2022 and align with the NSW Health vision of a sustainable health system that delivers outcomes that matter to patients, is personalised, invests in wellness and is digitally enabled.