Strategic Approach to Mental Health in the ACT – Structural and System Capacity
Question and answers from 'Strategic Approach to Mental Health in the ACT – Structural and System Capacity':
Q – Is there a timeframe for the development of the implementation plan for the ACT Mental Health Workforce Strategy, or some sense of when this might commence?
A - We have commenced planning for the implementation. During November and early December there are number of forums occurring across the mental health sector and broader community sector that address related issues and will inform the development of the implementation plan. We will continue to work closely with the peak non-government organisations and other sector partners in the new year to progress this work. This plan will also be informed by the National Mental Health Workforce Strategy which is being progressed by the Australian Government in partnership with the states and territories.
Q – Has there been any input from consumers to this plan (workforce strategy)?
A - Development of the Framework for the Mental Health Workforce Strategy was informed through a Working Group and two broader workshops with representation across the mental health sector including people with lived experience and carers and non-government organisations representing people with lived experience and carers. The development of the Implementation Plan will include engagement with people with lived experience and carers particularly with relation to the actions aligned with embedding the lived experience workforce.
Q - What approaches will be taken to ensure that inclusive methods of data collection occur (across the lifespan, across the full diversity, of our community) and that areas where there is not sufficient research yet (experience of people facing intersectional barriers such as ableism/ageism and mental ill health) are adequately considered and responded to?
A - There are currently a very wide range of data collected including formal collections from service delivery (such as those reported through ROGs and AIHW) , point in time population level surveys (eg General Health Survey), longitudinal studies such as the PATH Through Life Project. The Outcomes Framework will draw on the existing data collections as well as identifying areas where data collection is desirable but currently not available or limited in scope. The Outcome Framework is at a population and whole of service system level. There will be work to develop outcomes measures for sub-sectors and individual services. The Strategic Approach analysis will include those that relate to the broad factors that intersect with mental health and wellbeing. This meta-analysis will provide an understanding of the range of current and planned activities across the ACT Government that may have an impact on mental health and wellbeing outcomes. The Office will continue to promote research across the broad continuum and to consider specific questions.
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