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?

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What is working well in Northern Sydney?

What is working well? Qualifiers/examples 
Collaboration

Suicide prevention working group

Suicide prevention collaborative.

Peer workforce

Peer support workers

Scope of peer workforce

Carer peer workforce.

Funding

Availabilit

Increased for psychosocial support

Adolescent treatment.

Connections with young people

Youth services

Local council youth hubs

Youth use of telehealth and web help

Headspace.

Flexible and adaptable frameworks

Consumers leading treatment

Recovery framework

Lived experience

Mindspot program

Stepped care approach.

Community engagement

Seasons aftercare program

Community support group

Carers network

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.

Access

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

Workforce

Training

Upskilling and ED culture.

NDIS

Not recovery focused

Programs losing funding

People needing a permanent disability.

Funding

People losing funding

Financial barriers - private psychologists and psychiatrists

Affordability Gap

Inconsistency

Competitive tender processes.

Complexity of needs

Eating disorders

People with complex needs need the most  support and often get the least

Homelessness

Older people.

 

What are the priorities in Northern Sydney?

What are the priorities  Qualifiers/examples 
Workforce culture and training  
Funding

Short-term cycles

Bulk billing

Subsiding private mental health care e.g. Psychiatry and psychology

Health insurance limitations

Service model flexibility.

NDIS  
Stigma

Stigma around mental health

Destigmatisation mental health group

How we talk to each other about mental health

Language.

Visibility and shared information of services
 

Centrelink 

Housing.

Infrastructure

Traffic is a barrier

Public transport not good.

Early intervention Early intervention

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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.