To ensure effective implementation of the National Action Plan on Mental Health 2006 – 2011, two flagship initiatives have been included.
These two important pieces of work are directed at providing more seamless and coordinated health and community services for people with a mental illness.
The first initiative is the establishment of a system to coordinate care for people with a severe mental illness and complex needs.
The second initiative is the establishment of a jurisdictional group tasked with providing a forum for oversight and collaboration on how the many different initiatives from the Commonwealth and State and Territory governments will be coordinated and delivered in a seamless way.
Essentially, the group’s role is to oversee the role-out of the Initiatives in Queensland, ensuring the integrity of the initiatives in maintained. Each jurisdictional group will be convened by the Premier of Chief Minister’s Department, and its membership will be determined locally. The Queensland CoAG Mental Health Group is a widely represented group made up of individuals from relevant Commonwealth and State Departments, non-Government agencies (including divisions of general practice) the private sector, as well as consumers and carers.
The Queensland CoAG Mental Health Group have met regularly since July 2006. Their first task was to develop the Model for Care Coordination in Queensland, and their subsequent meetings have been filled with overseeing the role-out of the Commonwealth and Queensland government Initiatives. The Group release a regular newsletter detailing their activity, as well as CoAG-related activity from around the state.
Recent issues of this ‘Communique’ can be downloaded below:
- Issue 10 – March 2009
- Issue 11 – June 2009