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- increasing the capacity of general practitioners to meet consumers’ needs
- better integrating public mental health services and general practice, including allied health and community services
QFPMHC guides system reform and identifies a range of strategies at the local and state level to support a more integrated and effective primary mental health care system.
The Framework strives to achieve the "ideal" primary mental health care sector through:
- improving linkages and increasing capacity
- clarifying roles
- increasing the understanding and use of available resources and initiatives
- ensuring local service provision has a consumer and carer focus
A further five sites were established in 2009, to reach a total of twelve sites throughout Queensland. Implementation of the QFPMHC is occurring through a range of activities, including a particular focus on integrating the public mental health sector and general practice in specific sites.
The twelve implementation sites across Queensland are Townsville, Rockhampton, Emerald, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane North, Brisbane South, Ipswich, Logan, Gold Coast, Cairns, Bayside and Moreton Bay.
The Framework identifies the ideal PMHC sector as being one where all available resources are utilised as effectively as possible; services are interconnected and work well together to ensure clients can easily navigate the system and do not fall through the gaps; provides evidence-based services to address client needs; works to identify linkages which are funded and supported; and there are enough resources to meet local demand.
The overall objective of the implementation of PIM is to improve linkages between and increase capacity of District Mental Health Services (DMHS) and divisions of general practice in the twelve identified sites, so they can effectively implement elements of the Framework. Effective implementation will lead to improved outcomes for people with a mental illness by working towards the ideal PMHC sector as described above.
The Framework is now used as a broader reference document, to which PIM and future programs and/or organisations may aspire.
- Partnership and Joint Planning
- Education and Training
- Resource Development
- Policy, Processes and Procedures
- Establishing New Positions/Programs
- Linking With Existing Initiatives/Programs
PCLOs support and enhance the capacity of private mental health care service providers to respond to the needs of people with mental health problems and disorders through system reform, including developing partnerships, strengthening linkages, facilitating joint planning, improving processes and procedures, providing education and professional advice, establishing new programs and improving the use of existing resources. They also work to increase Mental Health Service capacity to collaborate and provide continuity of service.
In 2009, an independent evaluation of the PIM initiative was conducted. Results from this evaluation indicated success in achieving the objectives of the program, most notably through improved relationships, collaboration and communication between key stakeholders and partners.
Late 2010 saw the development of a self-evaluation framework for the PIM initiative. The purpose of this evaluation framework and corresponding self-evaluation tool is to capture the achievements of individual PIM sites as identified by key stakeholders within each site. The process of self-evaluation is currently in its first phase of implementation, and preliminary results show positive outcomes at the local level.
The results of the self-evaluation will be used to guide future quality improvement action and encourage collaboration and sharing of strategies between PIM sites. This process will be ongoing as the self-evaluation is to be repeated on a yearly basis.