State & territory jurisdictional reports: Activity relating to mental health reform prior to the implementation of the Fourth National Mental Health Plan

4. Adopt a recovery oriented culture within mental health services, underpinned by appropriate values and service models

Page last updated: December 2010

Department of Health and Ageing

  • Funding is being provided to implement the National Standards for Mental Health Services. The Standards include a Recovery Standard and a set of national principles for Recovery Oriented Practice.

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

  • The Targeted Community Care (mental health) Program contributes to a recovery culture and adapts services to meet the needs of individual clients through innovative service delivery models.

Department of Defence

  • As mental health issues may not surface for some period after separation from the ADF a robust program that encourages contact with Defence and veteran organisations may serve to assist the better management and early detection of emerging mental health problems.
  • Defence and DVA are currently exploring the issue of Keeping in Touch following discharge.