Joint Regional Planning Workshop – 6 December 2019

20 Dec 2019


WAPHA’s Health Policy (Mental Health) team held a Joint Regional Planning (JRP) Workshop at the Mental Health Commission (MHC) on 6 December 2019. Representatives from the MHC and all Health Service Providers attended along with a wide range of peak bodies, including WAAMH, WANADA, AHCWA and WALGA. Running the workshop as planned was challenged by the absence of some WAPHA staff due to an illness that swept through the organisation in the 24 hours prior to the event. However, thanks to the expertise and contributions of facilitators and participants some useful feedback on priority areas for further collaboration and inclusion in the Foundational Plan was obtained.


Key themes identified on the day included:

  • Joint gatherings of mental health stakeholders from across the system is relatively uncommon and there were benefits in having a diverse range of stakeholders in the room together;
  • Each participant group would benefit from clear mapping and understanding of everyone’s roles and responsibilities;
  • Participants wanted assurance that the recommendations from relevant State/Federal reports and plans were being considered and utilised to inform development of the Joint Regional Plan; and
  • Stakeholder groups would welcome further engagement in understanding and realising the benefits of the joint regional planning process and related outputs.

Priority Areas

Based on a review of the raw data from group discussions and observations made by participants on the day, several key themes were synthesised into draft priority areas. These draft priority areas are considered most likely to be the subject of pragmatic and achievable joint regional planning endeavours in the future:

1. Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB)

2. Care Coordination

  • Suicide prevention
  • Physical health
  • Psychosocial support

3. System Navigation

  • Regional service mapping
  • Central entry point (eg, Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) portal)

4. Cooperative Commissioning

  • Planning (National Mental Health Services Planning Framework)
  • Evaluation
  • Co-design (HSPs, Peaks, Consumers/Carers)

Next Steps

The Joint Regional Foundational Plan is due to be completed by 30 June 2020. Stage 2 of the joint regional planning process, which involves drafting service development plans, will commence from July 2020 for completion by June 2022.

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