Authors: Wendy Weir - Northern Sydney Area Health Service
Event: 1994 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Australia's National Mental Health Policy promotes that hospital and community mental health services should be integral components of mainstream health services and that specialist mental health services should no longer be provided in separate institutional custodial environments. It is proposed that psychiatric hospitals throughout Australia be gradually downsized and closed, with resources transferring to the community with the patients. The northern part of Sydney, with a population of 740,000 is well advanced in achieving the national policy direction. One of two psychiatric hospitals will be closed by December 1995, with resources transferring with acute and long-stay patients to the four catchment area services. This paper discusses the impact of the comprehensive general hospital and community services available in northern Sydney, as well as strategies to achieve integration, co-ordination and linking of mental health services with mainstream health, welfare and other government departments.