Key themes in Nepean Blue Mountains NSW
Analysis for the Nepean Blue Mountains region utilised written notes from the Lithgow (attended by around 57 people) and Penrith (attended by around 55 people) consultations the following key themes were distilled:
- Improving collaboration
- Increased communication and awareness of services
- Access to and availability of services
- The importance of peer support and co-design
- Including lived experience
- Trauma informed care
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 Nepean Blue Mountains?
|What is working well?||Qualifiers/examples|
Increase in the voice of Lived Experience
Peer Workforce and Consumer Advisory Groups.
More services in the community
Access to early intervention
People have more choice.
|Communication and awareness||
More communication and awareness in the community
Local politicians engaged in mental health
Increase in open dialogue; Less stigma.
Increase in local collaboration, forums, meetings, co-located services
Strong collaboration with local services.
Walk and Talk
Beehive; Park run
Meals on Wheels
What are the challenges in the Nepean Blue Mountains?
|What are the challenges?||Qualifiers/examples|
Drug addiction and financial assistance
Poor visibility of services
Poor communication and coordination between providers
Lack of coordination.
No psychiatrist or psychologist.
What happens if you don't get in?
Programs funded for programs not people
Different organisations having different funding streams.
Lack of crisis support
Lack of crisis services.
What are the priorities in the Nepean Blue Mountains?
|What are the priorities?||Qualifiers/examples|
|Lived experience||Listen to lived experience|
|Funding and resources||
Funding going to the correct areas
Longer funding cycles
Sustainable resourcing to peer workers
Keep educating the public about mental health
Sharing positive stories of mental health recovery.
|Visibility of services||Improve the visibility of services - more hubs.|
|Boundary between services||
Change the boundary between services
Better pathways between public and private services.
|Engaging with youth||
More programs in schools
School interventions and school-based support needs scaling up.
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.