Healthy North Coast

Mental Health Reforms

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On 26 November 2015, the Australian Government announced significant reforms in response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services. Primary Health Networks have been given a central role in implementing these reforms. There are six key priorities for mental health reform:

  1. Low intensity mental health services for early intervention
  2. Psychological therapies provided by mental health professionals to underserviced groups
  3. Primary mental health services for people with severe mental illness
  4. Regional approach to suicide prevention
  5. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health services
  6. Child and youth mental health services

A discussion paper has been prepared to elicit feedback from key stakeholders regarding the proposed process and timeframes for progressing mental health reform on the North and Mid North Coasts of NSW.

Download the Approach to Mental Health Reform Discussion Paper. Stakeholders were invited to comment on the Discussion Paper in mid August. 42 stakeholders responded. A summary of the key themes provided by stakeholders will be made available as soon as it is prepared.

If you have any questions or concerns you would like to raise in the meantime, please contact:

Megan Lawrance
Director of Mental Health Reform and Integration

Wendy Pannach
Manager of Mental Health Reform