Policy Context

Not just better healthcare, but a better healthcare experience.

The Plan will improve the care of consumers.  It will raise awareness and highlight the gaps in integration across mental health, AOD and suicide prevention services in the eastern and north-eastern parts of Melbourne. Through targeted consultation, Connecting people is seeking information and ideas on how to improve service delivery for consumers and carers.

The Plan will also build on existing strengths and best practice in the current system and identify gaps and opportunities for collective action in the future.

For our community

  • Improve consumer, family and carer experience;
  • Improve health and well-being;
  • Safe and high-quality care; and
  • Engage, empower and support those who are most vulnerable and at highest risk.

For our providers

  • Better integration of our system of care and broader system of support; and
  • Strategic guidance for future planning and investment.
The Regional Plan is a key priority of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan (the Fifth Plan), endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments Health Council in 2017.

The Fifth Plan seeks to establish a national approach for collaborative government effort from 2017 to 2022 across eight targeted priority areas:

  1. Achieving integrated regional planning and service delivery;
  2. Effective suicide prevention;
  3. Coordinated treatment and supports for people with severe and complex mental illness;
  4. Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and suicide prevention;
  5. Improving the physical health of people living with mental illness and reducing early mortality;
  6. Reducing stigma and discrimination;
  7. Making safety and quality central to mental health service delivery;
  8. Ensuring the enablers of effective system performance and system improvement are in place.

In our local catchment, Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN) in partnership with LHNs, consumers/carers and other key stakeholders is leading the work on the Plan to achieve integrated regional planning and service delivery.