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:
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.
NSW State Plan outlines the NSW Government's key objectives and priorities for the future.
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: 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.
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.
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 supports NSW Health services to plan and deliver culturally safe, accessible, responsive and flexible mental health and wellbeing care in partnership with Aboriginal people and communities.
The overarching of the Strategy is for all Aboriginal people of NSW 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 the foundation for change that will support a future way of working. It reflects the NSW Government's commitment to closing the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in NSW.
The Strategy is supported by three goals:
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.
The Strategy provides clear direction to NSW health services on: