Summary of progress by priority area January to December 2010

Summary of progress by priority area January to December 2010

Priority area 1: Social inclusion and recovery

South Australia has used market research to plan a communication strategy aimed at destigmatising and improving community understanding of mental illness. However it is felt that a national strategy is also needed. SA Health mental health service have now consolidated and integrated their training initiatives under one centre to improve coordination. Initiatives are in process working with the universities to enhance collaborative workforce development.

Our shared care programme with Divisions of General Practice has been evaluated and proven to achieve successful outcomes and a new contract has been agreed. Recovery principles have been incorporated into all new models of care and service delivery plans. A joint initiative with the Housing authority and the NGO sector has resulted in the provision of a large number of consumers receiving social housing.

A major consultation process with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities has resulted in the development of a strategic policy and an action plan intended to address improving access to services, and ensuring the availability of culturally appropriate responses. Top of page

Priority area 2: Prevention and early intervention

The roll out of Mental Health First Aid continues with the targeting of specific groups as well as the community in general. There are several collaborative initiatives with beyondblue which involve diverse sections of the community.

A number of initiatives targeting young families, children and youth are running, funded by Commonwealth, State and non-government sources, including the National Perinatal Depression Initiative, Headspace, Headroom, Healthy Young Minds, Incredible Years etc. The Early Youth Psychosis, a hub and spoke model is in operation with plans for expansion. The CAMHS strategic service plan is under review.

A suicide prevention strategy is under development to integrate the various programmes currently in operation for education, prevention, support and postvention programmes.

Collaborative work with other agencies as a consequence of new legislation and new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with emergency services has enhanced interagency knowledge and cooperation.

Carer and consumer groups, peak bodies and those employed within public services have increased their contribution to service planning and consumer advocacy. Top of page

Priority area 3: Service access, coordination and continuity of care

The Mental Health Reform programme in SA is in its third year of roll out. The service plans are based on population need and consumer focussed in all aspects of policy and protocol development.

When complete, the new range of services and delivery model will greatly improve all of these considerations. In addition, an electronic health information system is in development which will enable coordination of care planning across all services.

An integral part of the reform process is the greatly increased involvement of the non-government sector and of other governmental agencies. A number of cross sectoral groups are now working together on many aspects, particularly in the recovery area. In all areas there are now local liaison groups of emergency and community services. A number of Drug and Alcohol /mental health co morbidity positions have been created. Top of page

Priority area 4: Quality improvement and innovation

The new Mental Health legislation enacted on 1 July 2010 describes a number of key principles to better protect consumers with respect to consumer rights, dignity and improve equity of access to services. A very significant amount of training accompanied the implementation of the Act.

SA Health has a Safety and Quality Framework and mental health services will align with this. This includes improved reporting, investigation and remediation, following adverse events or complaints.

Cross border agreements are progressing with other jurisdictions although this work is impacted by state elections.

The Digital Regional initiative is in progress with 90 new audio visual centres across the state to enable telemedicine consultation and assessment, teaching and supervision.

Priority area 5: Accountability – measuring and reporting progress

SA Health has a suite of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) used to measure and monitor mental health service reforms. Many of these mirror KPIs contained n the new plan. In addition, SA Health has commenced a process of evaluating new services including those contained in the stepped system of care. The SA government has also appointed an independent Council (Health Performance Council) to report to government on the provision of health services.