Review and evolve: what’s next for PHN-commissioned services?

Eighteen months on from commissioning services to meet the needs of our region, Brisbane North PHN is conducting a review of our mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drug treatment services.

The purpose of this review is to ensure services continue to contribute to the vision set out in our draft regional plan of:

‘A healthy and inclusive community, where people experiencing mental health difficulties or issues related to substance use have a life with purpose and access to quality care and support focused on wellness and recovery, in an understanding, empathic and compassionate society.’

- Planning for Wellbeing: a draft regional plan for North Brisbane and Moreton Bay focusing on mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drug treatment services 2018-2023 

Over the next six months the PHN will work with a range of stakeholders including consumers and carers, service provider organisations and practitioners, to ascertain how existing and new primary mental healthcare services commissioned by the PHN will evolve. This review will focus on:

  • psychological therapies (including low intensity services)
  • services for children and young people (0-25 years)
  • services for people with severe mental illness.

As an interim arrangement, existing services have been extended until 30 June 2019.

Brisbane North PHN Executive Manager | Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Paul Martin said reviewing outcomes was an integral element of the PHN’s commissioning framework.

“Reviewing these three service areas will further inform our understanding of mental health services in our region, including identifying gaps in service delivery and barriers to coordinated and integrated responses along the continuum of care,” Mr Martin said.

“It will help us understand what has been achieved from implementing these services and how they have contributed to improving outcomes for people in our region.”

“The PHN and its commissioned providers are committed to the improvement of quality, coordination and integration of services to support people to achieve their wellness goals,” Mr Martin said.

“These reviews will help inform and improve our commissioning decisions beyond 2018/19,” he said.

The reviews will build on the knowledge gained from previous consultations undertaken when establishing the services, as well as learnings from implementation over the past 12-18 months.

How to get involved

We encourage all people in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region to be involved in this important process. Your voice is vital and an essential component of a healthy, robust review. Consumers and carers are central to the review processes, and are invited to participate through the Peer Participation in Mental Health Services (PPIMS) Network, as well as in any roles they hold as members of various governance and partnerships groups.

Existing providers have important insights gained from the delivery of current services, and are crucial in informing future service models. The Program Development Officer for each stream being reviewed will be the main link.

Other stakeholders can participate via interviews, focus groups and on-line comment. Brisbane North PHN will provide information and content about the reviews via this newsletter, as well as through the My Voice website.