About the Plan

A better mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and suicide prevention service system in eastern and north-eastern Melbourne.


The Australian and Victorian Governmentasked Primary Health Networks (PHNs) across Australia to develop Regional IntegrateMental Health, alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and Suicide Prevention Plans to improve services. 

This project follows a staged approach to define priority areas for collective action:

The Regional Plan:

  • covers the lifespan – from childhood through to young adults and older people
  • addresses the needs of people across the mental health, alcohol and other drugs and suicide prevention spectrum – from prevention, early intervention to severe and complex needs
  • connects people and highlights the need to form strategic partnerships to maximise the use of available resources and deliver improved outcomes and experiences of care for consumers and carers
  • supports service integration and clarifies responsibilities at a regional provider level.  This has been highlighted in the Federal Government’s response to the Review of Mental Health Programs and Services and is a priority area in the draft Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.
  • is evidence-based and developed using a comprehensive consultation, needs assessment and service mapping process.

The Plan provides a vital resource for community, services providers and government whilst supporting the integration of mental health, alcohol and other drugs and suicide prevention services within the EMPHN catchment.

Regional stakeholders are encouraged to work together to implement the plan.

Key stakeholders include:

  • Eastern Melbourne PHN
  • local hospital networks (LHNs)
  • consumers and carers
  • key service providers
  • clinicians
  • peak bodies

The Plan has been aligned to a number of pieces of work occurring in the region and includes key strategies to guide service development and system integration over the coming five years.