Funded by: Australian Government Department of Health and all Australian state and territory governments

Lead Investigator: Dr Sandra Diminic

Project Team: Kate Gossip, Imogen Page, Charlotte Woody, Dr Zoe Rutherford, Julie John, Eryn Wright, Claudia Sparti, Laura Corcoran, Prof Harvey Whiteford

Project materials: National Mental Health Service Planning Framework reports

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The NMHSPF project commenced in 2011 as a commitment under the Fourth National Mental Health Plan to “develop a national service planning framework that establishes targets for the mix and level of the full range of mental health services”. Researchers from Policy and Epidemiology Group were involved in the first phase of NMHSPF development led by the New South Wales Ministry of Health, providing advice and expertise through the NMHSPF expert working groups and completing commissioned research on specific topics.

Since 2016 the Policy and Epidemiology Group has led a program of work to review and refine the NMHSPF, and to train and support mental health planning staff within state and territory health departments, Primary Health Networks (PHNs), and Local Hospital Networks (LHNs) to understand and use the NMHSPF for their planning. In 2018, the research team was funded to undertake a three-year project for the ongoing development and maintenance of the NMHSPF.

This project included:

  • Revising the overall epidemiology.
  • Developing service modelling for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, rural populations and young adults.
  • Scoping the feasibility of incorporating a forensic component in the NMHSPF and developing draft components.
  • Updating and streamlining the structure, modelling and consultation methods for developing NMHSPF inputs.
  • Refining user documentation on the key assumptions, data sources and methods used to develop the NMHSPF.
  • Supporting the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to transition the NMHSPF Planning Support Tool from Excel to a web-based platform and to implement the model enhancements.

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