National mental health information priorities 2nd edition

1.4 - National Mental Health Plan 2003-2008

Page last updated: June 2005

In July 2003, Australian Health Ministers endorsed the National Mental Health Plan 2003-2008, renewing the National Mental Health Strategy for a further five year period.

The Plan acknowledges the long term nature of the reform process and aims to consolidate the achievements of the first and second plans, address the gaps identified in both, and take the Strategy forward with restated and new directions.

The Plan outlines a future framework for policy development and activity in mental health service reform, organised around four priority themes:

  • promoting mental health and preventing mental health problems;

  • improving service responsiveness;

  • strengthening quality; and

  • fostering research, innovation and sustainability.
A total of 34 outcomes and 111 'key directions' for progressing these themes are identified in the Plan. The central role of information permeates all aspects of the Plan.