Joint Regional Mental Health Plan

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Endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council in August 2017, a pivotal theme underpinning the success of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan (5th Plan) is integration and is concerned with building relationships between organisations that are similarly aiming to improve the outcomes and experiences of mental health consumers and carers at the local level.

The First Priority area in the 5th Plan is the development of Joint Regional Plans (JRPs) and identifies the Federally-funded Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and State-funded Local Hospital Networks (known as Health Service Providers in WA) as

Endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council in August 2017, a pivotal theme underpinning the success of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan (5th Plan) is integration and is concerned with building relationships between organisations that are similarly aiming to improve the outcomes and experiences of mental health consumers and carers at the local level.

The First Priority area in the 5th Plan is the development of Joint Regional Plans (JRPs) and identifies the Federally-funded Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and State-funded Local Hospital Networks (known as Health Service Providers in WA) as the organisations possessing the core architecture to support service integration at the regional level. Under the 5th Plan, governments require Health Service Providers (HSPs) and PHNs to develop and publicly release joint regional mental health and suicide prevention plans between 2020-2022.

The WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA), the WA Mental Health Commission (MHC), and the five state-based HSPs each have a vested interest in undertaking joint regional planning to make better use of existing mental health resources and improve sustainability across the health system. These stakeholders have agreed to work together, in consultation with WA’s peak consumer, carer and sector bodies, to develop a foundational blueprint for collaborative action to enhance mental health service delivery from prevention through to the interface with acute specialist care. Our goal is to bring together primary care and local public health services to achieve a cohesive system that ensures those needing care can access appropriate services in a timely manner throughout Western Australia.

There will be two stages in the development of the joint regional plans:

• The delivery of a Foundational Plan by 30 June 2020, that is intended to provide the scope for collaborative service development between WAPHA, the MHC and the HSPs. It will focus on ways to address shared priorities, including opportunities for joint commissioning, and integrated pathways for people with mental health and/or AoD issues within the current health system.

• The creation of regional Comprehensive Service Development Plans by 30 June 2022, guided by the parameters set out in the Foundational Plan, to address localised service gaps and priorities in partnership with the communities they serve.