National Standards for Mental Health Services

The project developed a set of mental health service standards which could be applied to all mental health services across Australia and provides recommendations on how to implement and monitor these standards.

Page last updated: January 1997

Commonwealth of Australia
ISBN 0 644 47576 5

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The Project Team gratefully acknowledges the support and advice of:
  • The Project Management Group
  • The National Reference Committee
  • Consumer and carer groups and non-government organisations
  • People who commented during the Field Review and Field Trial
  • People who attended the consultation meetings
  • The Mental Health Branch of the Commonwealth Department of Health & Family Services.
  • State and Territory Mental Health Branches.

National Standards for Mental Health Services

Developed by the project's consortium of:

Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, The (ACHS)
Level 5, 70 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9251 7400 Fax: (02) 9251 7477
represented by:
ACHS Consultant - Ms Wendy Rotem, Project Manager

Community Health Accreditation Standards Program (CHASP)
of the Australian Community Health Association (ACHA)
PO Box 657, 33 Spring Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022
Phone: (02) 9389 1433 Fax: (02) 9387 5032
represented by:
Ms Anne Rauch, CHASP Standards Development & Training Manager

Area Integrated Mental Health Service Standards (AIMHS)
C/- 38 Hercules Street, Chatswood NSW 2067
Phone: (02) 9414 0293 Fax: (02) 9415 1246
represented by:
Ms Vivienne Miller, Co-author AIMHS
Dr Alan Rosen, Co-author AIMHS

Project Coordinator - Mr Peter Gianfrancesco