S09: Working together for better mental health on the Mid North Coast of NSW.

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Authors: Megan Lawrance, Pamela Johnson, Michael Daley

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Change, Innovation, Reform, Service Systems, Delivery, Implementation, Community, Culture, Society

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: This paper will describe the role and development of the Mid North Coast Mental Health Integrated Care Collaborative, known as IMHpact MNC. This group of 16 government, NGO, Primary Health and community based mental health service providers, consumer and carer representatives has come together with a shared vision to create a more integrated, responsive and person centred model of mental health care for the region. It intends to identify and address challenges to collaborative mental health care, and build and promote the mid north coast regions part in the broader mental health reform efforts in NSW and nationally. At its core is the improvement of consumer journeys and experiences of mental health care, and most importantly, IMHpact MNC provides a forum for consumers and carers with lived experience of mental ill health to be central to an innovative regional approach to achieve this.

A Governance Framework has been developed, strategic foundations have been laid, and relationships and trust have been built over the last 3 years. An Implementation Plan outlining initiatives and actions is in place, and a partnership with the Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health has enabled research to explore the potential benefits of this collaborative model.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: The audience will gain an understanding of the development and progress of a regional collaborative model to improve mental health care, and that genuine engagement of those with lived experience of mental ill health is crucial to this process.

Learning Objective 2: This paper is relevant to the state and national mental health reform agenda and to the provision of more integrated, responsive and person centered mental health service delivery. It has a particular focus on the meaningful engagement of those with lived experience as part of an innovative collaboration to progress this.

IMHpact MNC Implementation Plan 2016 - 2019
IMHpact MNC Evaluation Plan 2016 – 2019

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