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Service planning

In planning mental health services we aim to:

  • optimise the mix, quantity and quality of mental health services available for people who require mental health care
  • make the best use of the resources available for mental health care.

Some of the things we consider in mental health service planning are:

  • state priorities and local needs
  • the need for integrated services
  • the role of other mental health service providers and Primary Health Networks.

In planning mental health services we use existing NSW Health service planning processes, planning models, demographics and expert local knowledge to make decisions.

A specialised mental health service planning tool used is the National Mental Health Service Planning Framework (NMHSPF). This tool:

  • estimates the mix and quantity of mental health services required in the future
  • supports the NSW Government’s work to develop mental health care in the community.

A key document we consider when planning services included the NSW Strategic Framework and Workforce Plan for Mental Health 2018-2022, which provides the overarching framework for NSW Health action in mental health over the next five years.

The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan

The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan (the Fifth 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.

The development of joint regional mental health and suicide prevention plans is one action under the Fifth Plan (Action 1.2). Local Health Districts (LHDs) and Speciality Networks (SNs) are encouraged to partner with their local PHN (Primary Health Network) to develop an integrated regional plan. The Joint Regional Planning for Integrated Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Services: A Guide for LHDs and PHNs (The Guide) is now available to assist planning.

An accompanying document to the Guide has also been developed and includes specific resources for NSW. The Compendium of Resources provides details on available data, jurisdictional priorities.

In developing and negotiating a joint regional plan it is recommended LHDs and PHNs use the National Mental Health Service Planning Framework (NMHSPF) to identify current population needs, service targets and gaps.

Service Plan for People with Eating Disorders 2013-2018

The release of the NSW Service Plan for People with Eating Disorders 2013-2018 in September 2013 began the process of transforming the treatment landscape in NSW for people with eating disorders. Networks of responsive evidence based therapies are being developed within local health districts (LHDs) across NSW to treat people with eating disorders promptly, equitably and effectively.

The service plan aims to build the capacity of the workforce so clinicians are confident and competent to address eating disorders as core business. Every LHD and specialty health network has developed a local eating disorder implementation plan to guide development of models of care, pathways to appropriate care and local clinical networks across public and private health providers.

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Older People’s Mental Health Service Plan 2017-2027

Older People's Mental Health (OPMH) services are guided by the NSW Service Plan for Older People’s Mental Health Services 2017-2027. The plan outlines the purpose, scope, target group and key elements of OPMH services, the context in which they operate and current developments in the service environment. It identifies evidence-based service models and key strategic priorities for the development, delivery and improvement of OPMH services.

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Performance monitoring

The NSW Health Performance Framework is one of the ways we monitor safety and quality of service delivery once a service is operating.

A key part of this performance framework is service agreements between the Ministry of Health, local health districts and specialty health networks. Service Agreements contain key performance indicators and improvement measures, including some specific to mental health.

Regular performance meetings are held between the Ministry and local health districts and specialty health networks to discuss their performance.

Page Updated: Friday 1 February 2019
Contact page owner: Mental Health Branch