Urbis is working with the Commonwealth Department of Health and Mental Health Australia on the refinement of the Fifth National Mental Health Plan, a cornerstone of the National Mental Health Strategy.

The plan seeks to address many of key challenges facing the mental health sector: regional integration, suicide prevention, de-stigmatisation, quality and safety, specific strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – to name but a few.

It is a genuine effort to capture perspectives and input from across the mental health sector, through national consultations with consumer and carer representatives, service providers, Primary Health Networks, local, state/territory and Commonwealth government representatives, peak bodies, professional bodies and more. 

Urbis will be capturing the content of the consultations, facilitated by Mental Health Australia, to provide advice regarding refining the Plan. 

The Fifth National Mental Health Plan comes at a timely juncture for the sector, with the National Mental Health Commission’s major review Living Contributing Lives recommending a suite of changes to service planning and delivery, and the role for the Primary Health Networks in planning and commissioning services from 2015. 

The pivotal theme of the Plan is regional integration – to provide tailored solutions to better meet the needs of the one in five Australians experiencing mental ill health.  We’re proud to play a role in helping to fit these pieces together.