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Estimates: National Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Practice Framework Questions on Notice

Estimates & Committees
Penny Wright 15 Jan 2013

Senate Community Affairs Committee
Health and Ageing Portfolio

Outcome 11 - Mental Health
Question No. E12-066

Senator WRIGHT: 

a) Can you please describe the purpose of the National Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Practice Framework?

b) Can you please describe the progress of the implementation of this Framework?

c) What is the total cost of implementing this Framework over forwward estimates?

d) How much funding was allocated to the Framework in the last budget (2012/2013)?

Answer:

a) The National Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Practice Framework (the Framework) comes out of a broader commitment under Action Four of the Fourth National Mental Health Plan. The purpose of the Framework is to promote the adoption of a recovery oriented culture across all levels of mental health service deliver as part of continuous quality improvement.

b) The Framework is currently being developed by the Safety and Quality Partnership Subcommittee (SOPS) of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council.

A National Mental Health Recovery Forum was held in June 2012 in Melbourne to promote the concept of recovery oriented mental health practice. In conjunction with the Forum, a consultation process was undertaken to further refine the Framework.

Further progress has included the SQPS looking at other opportunities to promote the principles of the Framework within other national forums.

c) It is anticipated that implementation would require a joint jurisdictional response with the costs of implementation being considered as part of the development of the Framework by SQPS.

d) A total of $228,548.00 (GST excl.) has been allocated to this project. In 2011-12 this included $67,800.00 (GST excl.) for the development of the Framework and $136,425.00 (GST excl.) for the national Mental Health Recovery Forum. In 2012-13 $24,323.00 (GST excl.) has been allocated to finalise the Framework.

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