The Federal Government released its response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services: Contributing lives, thriving communities in November 2015. The response presents significant system reforms which are designed to “reshape the delivery of primary mental health services towards a more modern, flexible model of care, rather than the current ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.”
Arrangements will be phased in over three years from early 2016-17, with the Government announcing that PHNs will take on a much larger role in the commissioning (not delivery) of mental health services.
COORDINARE is currently in the process of developing a Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy to set out the actions to undertake with our partners at a general practice level, at a community level (i.e. commissioned solutions) and at a system level, to address the agreed priorities.
As part of this work, COORDINARE has developed a person-centred stepped care model. The model involves a range of primary mental health options for people who have no impact on their quality of life to those who have significant impact on their quality of life. It has a range of service types fitting into each ‘step’, making the best use of available workforce and technology, and reflecting the needs of the South Eastern NSW region as per local population need from the needs assessment and analysis. Our robust stepped care model has been developed in consultation with consumers, carers, and service providers through a series of co-design workshops.
From now until 30 June 2017, COORDINARE will continue to contract mental health services as they are, so consumers will not be affected during this time and be able to continue with the same services they were receiving.
headspace will continue as it currently is until 30 June 2018, so again young people will be able to continue with the same service during this time.
As the South Eastern NSW PHN, we are committed to working with local service providers to determine the best way to move forward based on local circumstances. Consumer wellbeing and service continuity will be paramount during this period.