Department of Health and Ageing
- The Department has committed funding to build a national evidence base for mental health policy and planning. This work will focus on population surveys as well as the development of a population-based service planning framework that specifies the mix and level of services required to meet a given level of need. The framework will specify service development requirements and targets that can be used to both guide future development and assess the adequacy of current mental health service systems available in Australia. Extensive consultation as well as the establishment of expert advisory groups will be required.
- As a first step a scoping study to gather information on what is currently being undertaken in mental health services planning, identify what is common across jurisdictions that can inform a national approach to service planning, and identify the issues to be resolved and options for moving towards a national approach has been undertaken. Planning to commence the development of the framework is underway.