The Mental Health Branch is responsible for developing, managing and coordinating NSW Ministry of Health policy, strategy and program funding relating to mental health. The office also supports the maintenance of the mental health legislative framework.
The work of the Mental Health Branch is delivered mainly through the mental health program in partnership with Local Health Districts, Justice and Forensic Mental Health, Sydney Children's Hospital Network, Non Government Organisations, research institutions and other partner departments.
The Mental Health was formed in 2006. The establishment of the Branch is a response to the increased policy and funding priority given to these areas by the State Government and nationally under the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).
The role of the Chief Psychiatrist at the Mental Health Branch is to provide:
- High level advice to the Director of Mental Health on the mental health needs of the NSW population;
- Professional leadership to NSW mental health clinicians across all areas; and
- Clinical input to policy development and implementation to improve the mental health status of target groups.
Clinical Governance is the term used to describe a systematic approach to maintaining and improving the quality of patient care within a health system. It is about the ability to produce effective change so that high quality care is achieved. It requires clinicians and administrators to take joint responsibility for making sure this occurs.
When Clinical Governance is effective, it has the potential to:
- Make positive changes you want to see happen;
- Improve the quality of care for patients; and
- Provide a better experience for staff.