The Territory Government released the NT Mental Health Strategic plan 2019-2025, delivering on a significant election promise to review existing strategies.
The new plan provides clearer direction and understanding of the social and emotional health and wellbeing of Territorians with mental health issues.
It also outlines the Territory Government’s priority areas and the principles to which all mental health services should adhere.
The six priority areas are:
- Coordinating care through regional planning – developing a regional plan which includes targets for a mix of services and infrastructure, especially in remote and rural areas.
- Culturally secure, safe and trauma-informed care that is focused on recovery – promoting resilience, independence and self-management; identifying particular cultural needs; increasing access to appropriate housing, vocational and education opportunities
- People-centred supports and services with consumers and carers at the centre of care – early intervention, health promotion and responsiveness among GPs and primary health care providers; building community capacity through increased training.
- Community information and education to increase mental health knowledge to reduce stigma – working with individuals and communities to establish culturally appropriate programs and priorities
- Safety, quality, data collection, evidence-based service and investment in evaluation – using evidence to improve mental health systems, assuring quality and safety, and embracing new technology to improve data sharing.
- Equity, sustainability and stepped care approach – succession planning, growing skills and capability and providing safe work environments for mental health workers.
Overall, the NT Mental Health Strategic plan 2019-2025 focuses on building stronger links between mental health education, early intervention, treatment, postvention services and recovery services.
The plan is aligned with the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan 2017-2022, which was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council in August 2017.
Source: NT Government