In 2014-15 the Commission contracted the University of Sydney to map all services for people experiencing mental ill health and their families in Far West NSW. The project classified services according to their main care structure or activity, as well as their level of availability and utilisation. It was NSW’s first inventory of available mental health services, and it enables policymakers and service planners to derive benchmarks and draw comparisons between Far West NSW and other regions, helping to ensure future services and resources are allocated where they are most needed. The Atlas has been utilised by the Far West Local Health District and Western NSW Primary Health Network, and the pioneering concept has been adopted by other regions in NSW and Australia, including in metropolitan Sydney which will be fully mapped by July 2017.
Living Well Action 5.1.1