Reviewing progress in mental health reform

The Commission undertook a mid-term review of Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024, the 10-year plan for mental health reform in NSW.  As part of this review, the Commission consulted with a broad range of stakeholders around NSW to consider the progress that has been made against Living Well over the first five years and to identify priorities and opportunities for the remaining five years of the strategy.  

Living Well in Focus 2020-2024 is the result of the mid-term review and identifies three whole-of-government strategic priorities that inform the direction of mental health reform over the next five years. These strategic priorities, which are underpinned by seven focus areas, will provide the best opportunity for good mental health and wellbeing of all people in NSW. 

The strategic priorities will:

  1. strengthen community recovery and resilience
  2. strategically invest in community wellbeing and mental health
  3. ensure the right workforce for the future.

Read Living Well in Focus 2020-2024

Our process

In partnership with people with lived experience of a mental health issue, their families’ carers and kinship groups, stakeholders, experts, clinicians and peer workers, the Commission commenced reviewing the progress made towards mental health reform in NSW in January 2019.  

Over 18 months, the Commission held over 60 consultations to learn first-hand about the mental health and wellbeing issues facing communities and see examples of local reform. This information was analysed by independent researchers and supported by evidence, literature reviews, a community survey and tested with stakeholders to determine the priorities for reform over the next five years to develop Living Well in Focus.   

Read more about the review.

Local examples of reform

Regional planning teams across NSW helped the Commission gather information on reform initiatives that demonstrate progress and align with one or more of the domains in Living Well. Read the definitions of the domains here.

Examples of local reform were showcased during the regional community consultations and 70 were selected to be published  on the Commissions website. One case study from each region was voted by the regional planning team to be produced into a short video. 

View the examples of reform by region below.



Resources developed throughout the review

In addition to regional consultations, the mid term review of Living Well is informed by evidence including:

  • Community survey report
  • Regional Consultation Report 
  • Literature reviews
  • Evidence checks

Click here to view the resources.

Thank you for your participation!

It was a privilege to travel around NSW and learn from the voice and expertise of people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, families and kinship groups, mental health and social support service providers and community members. We are grateful for the opportunity to hear from you about progress, challenges and future priorities for your region. Thank you for participating and sharing your experiences and expertise with us.

Living Well Resources

Living Well language guide
Living Well domains

More information

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