Priority 5: Ensuring systems and services rise to the reform challenge

Our current mental health practices are deeply embedded in structures that have taken decades to develop – buildings, funding mechanisms, organisational hierarchies and professional boundaries. Some of these structures need to change if we are to unlock the promise of reform.

This is a 2015-18 priority because

  • Fundamental system change is necessary to allow NSW to develop modern mental health responses that meet the needs of people and support their recovery. This will take years to complete; the sooner we get started, the better.
  • People who work in the mental health system do exceptional work and they are our greatest resource. They have told us they want to know what reform will mean for them, and how they can help bring about positive change. When we listen to everyone who provides mental health services and support, and communicate clearly with them, we can honour their contribution now and into the future.

2015-2017 Projects

Community Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN)

This collaboration between the Commission, the Mental Health Coordinating Council and the Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies brings together researchers and non-government organisations in mental health and drug and alcohol. The Network provides opportunities to better integrate the community-managed drug and alcohol and mental health sectors, and build intersections between the two sectors to support strategic, long-term relationships with research institutions and academics.

Living Well Action 6.3

International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL)

IIMHL was established in 2003 and is a collaboration of eight countries (Australia, England, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, USA and Sweden). It aims to provide better outcomes for people who use mental health and addiction services and their families through international sharing of innovation, networking and problem solving. As part of this activity, a week-long Leadership Exchange event is held every 16 months in a different region, allowing international experts to visit local services and giving the host country an opportunity to highlight good practice. Sydney will host the Exchange in March 2017. The Commission will work with NSW Health and mental health leaders from across Australia and New Zealand to organise this Exchange.

Living Well Action 8.5

Last updated: 5 April 2017

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