National mental health information priorities 2nd edition

3.2 - From projects to sustainable systems

Page last updated: June 2005

There are also challenges to be faced in securing the long-term sustainability of the initiatives that have been taken. Much of the work to date has been conducted as special projects or 'research and development' activities, involving time limited funds and appointment of special task groups. While most jurisdictions are progressively incorporating the new initiatives within their recurrent budgets and operational systems, sustainability requires attention to ongoing workforce training issues and longer term planning to keep the work evolving.