What is working well in Central Sydney?

People attending the consultation in Central Sydney reported that: 

  • awareness of mental illness is improving
  • there are more programs available in the community and services are shifting away from crisis care
  • there is an increase in co-design practices and peer worker numbers
  • there are more early intervention programs for school aged youth. 

What are the challenges in Central Sydney?

People attending the consultation in Central Sydney reported that: 

  • accessing face to face support when experiencing a crisis is challenging as there is no 24-hour crisis team
  • demand outstrips capacity of services, for example: only short-term support is available, long waiting lists or no response 
  • funding for services is short term only
  • emergency services and crisis (police) responses are not meeting peoples needs. 

What are the priorities in Central Sydney?

People attending the consultation in Central Sydney ranked the following as top priorities for future effort in mental health reform: 

  • increase co-design and number of peer workers (beyond health services)improve the accessibility and visibility of health services 
  • scale up co-commissioning and collaboration between government agencies
  • create more services for children and young people.