This will create three years of financial security and benefit community mental health organizations, which will no longer be forced to re-tender for services each year. The new funding model of the NHP and the longer-term approach to tendering are a welcome change. Lucy Brogden, chair of the National Mental Health Commission, said a one-year contract was “just not a good way to work.” The short-term nature of funding contracts has been repeatedly cited as a problem by QAMH members, particularly in rural and remote areas, where there are additional challenges in service delivery and staff recruitment. One of the most significant changes for the sector is the transition to a new NHP funding model, which extends funding for mental health services by three years. Each year, funding is extended by an additional year if the NHP meets the agreed performance measures. Minister Hunt announced that the 31 NSPs will share $1.45 billion over the next three years for the commissioning of psychiatric services. The reduction in funding includes: the Minister stated that the new funding procedure will improve the ability of NPPs to ensure that services can be ordered in a timely manner and to create longer-term funding security for the sector. QAMH will provide further updates on these changes as more information becomes available. Please contact us if you have any questions. The commitment of $1.45 billion and three years represents an increase of $170 million over the previous three years.

The NT PHN Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment Download the pdf: The NT PHN Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment 2016 NT PHN Needs Assessment – Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Roundtables: Developing a Model of Stepped Care in the Northern Territory. Click here This model must be used to submit the Primary Health System Needs Assessment Report (NHP) to the Department of Health (Department) by March 30, 2016, in accordance with E.5 of the standard funding agreement with the Commonwealth.