Clinical Services

 

Mental Health Reform in Australia

 

Stepped Mental Health Care – The Future

The National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services ‘Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities’, highlighted the existing complexity, inefficiency and fragmentation of the mental health system. As a direct response to this review the Australian Government has reformed how primary mental health is delivered at a National level primarily focusing on the implementation of stepped mental health service delivery through funding provided by PHNs.

This response is a system-level change in the Australian Government’s role in funding and reform, based on the following platforms:

  • Person centred care funded on the basis of need;
  • Thinking nationally, but acting locally – a regional approach to service planning and integration;
  • Delivering services within a stepped care approach – better targeting services to meet needs;
  • Effective early intervention across the lifespan and across the care continuum – shifting the balance to provide the right care when it is needed;
  • Making optimal use of Australia’s world leading digital technology; and
  • Strengthening national leadership – facilitating systemic change at all levels and promoting the partnerships needed to secure enduring reforms.

APMHA HealthCare’s focus primarily evolves around primary mental health care within a Stepped Mental Health Care framework to reflect these changes and reform. We have developed a Service Delivery Framework to reflect Stepped Mental Health and this sets out the strategic direction of the Company, the funding it has been awarded and the partnerships it has forged. 

 

 

Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities - Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services

The Commonwealth Government tasked the National Mental Health Commission with conducting a national review of mental health programmes and services. The focus of the review was on assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of programmes and services in supporting individuals experiencing mental ill-health and their families and other support people to lead a contributing life and to engage productively in the community.

Australian Government Response to Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities - Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services

The Australian Government response to the Review aims to transform Commonwealth mental health funding and leadership over the next three years to achieve a more efficient, integrated and sustainable mental health system and to improve mental health service delivery for Australians.

PHN Programs Coordinated through the APMHA HealthCare Limited

Immediate action will see the mental health system transformed within the next three years, with a significant shift in the way services are planned and delivered, within a stepped care approach to mental health.

This response presents a system-level change in the Australian Government’s role in funding and reform, based on the following platforms:

  • Person centred care funded on the basis of need;
  • Thinking nationally, but acting locally – a regional approach to service planning and integration;
  • Delivering services within a stepped care approach – better targeting services to meet needs;
  • Effective early intervention across the lifespan and across the care continuum – shifting the balance to provide the right care when it is needed;
  • Making optimal use of Australia’s world leading digital technology; and
  • Strengthening national leadership – facilitating systemic change at all levels and promoting the partnerships needed to secure enduring reforms.

APMHA HealthCare is positioning itself to be leaders in stepped mental health care. With a wide variety of contractors and employees who are aligned and work closely with general practice and other key providers and who have broad clinical skills across the spectrum. We are able to tailor services and match clinicians to suit the complexity, severity and chronicity of each individual.

Murray PHN

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN

Western Victoria PHN