Key Themes in Northern Sydney
Analysis for the Sydney North region utilised written notes from the Dee Why (attended by around 24 people) and Chatswood consultations (attended by around 52 people), photos of the butcher’s paper were also available from the Chatswood consultation the following key themes were distilled:
- Improving collaboration, particularly in terms of suicide awareness and prevention
- Funding in relation to availability, financial barriers and competitive tendering
- A lack of access to and availability of services
- Stigma and discrimination around mental health
In addition, the following key themes emerged in response to the questions: what is working well, what are the challenges, and what are the priorities?
What is working well in Northern Sydney?
|What is working well?||Qualifiers/examples|
Suicide prevention working group
Suicide prevention collaborative.
Peer support workers
Scope of peer workforce
Carer peer workforce.
Increased for psychosocial support
Connections with young people
Local council youth hubs
Youth use of telehealth and web help
|Flexible and adaptable frameworks||
Consumers leading treatment
Stepped care approach.
Seasons aftercare program
Community support group
Pioneer club house.
What are the challenges in Northern Sydney?
|What are the challenges?||Qualifiers/examples|
|Visibility of services||
GPs not knowing about services
Access to services
Clarity about what services do.
Community mental health
Accessing people at risk
Services do not know what others services do
Assumption people can access services in private hospitals
Can't access public hospitals
Upskilling and ED culture.
Not recovery focused
Programs losing funding
People needing a permanent disability.
People losing funding
Financial barriers - private psychologists and psychiatrists
Competitive tender processes.
|Complexity of needs||
People with complex needs need the most support and often get the least
What are the priorities in Northern Sydney?
|What are the priorities||Qualifiers/examples|
|Workforce culture and training|
Subsiding private mental health care e.g. Psychiatry and psychology
Health insurance limitations
Service model flexibility.
Stigma around mental health
Destigmatisation mental health group
How we talk to each other about mental health
|Visibility and shared information of services
Traffic is a barrier
Public transport not good.
|Early intervention||Early intervention|
The Mental Health Commission of New South Wales acknowledges the contribution of The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), who were engaged to conduct a qualitative data analysis for the mid-term review of Living Well.