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Improving access to high quality mental health services and improving the coordination of care for people experiencing mental health challenges are important goals for NQPHN. 

In 2023, NQPHN will be engaging with the sector to progress a range of exciting initiatives. Some initiatives have a focus on redesigning the current system, so it is easier for people to navigate and access the types of services they need. Other initiatives will focus on commissioning new services. 

Commissioning priorities for 2023 are: 

  • Redesigning mental health stepped care services 

  • Universal aftercare services 

  • Head to Health (Read the Cairns Head to Health announcement here.)

  • Community-based suicide prevention activities 

  • Alcohol and other drugs review  

Across the North Queensland region, NQPHN commissions mental health stepped care services to support people with low, moderate, and high intensity mental health needs.

Following an independent review of these services, NQPHN is co-designing a new model of stepped care with a focus on improving access, transitions in care, and integration.

Co-design sessions in May will focus on people experiencing moderate mental health needs. In the current system, these people are supported by access to psychological therapies.

Co-design sessions will be held in:

  • Cairns: 10 May 2023 (7am or 5.30pm)
  • Townsville: 17 May 2023 (7am or 5.30pm)
  • Mackay: 24 May 2023 (5.30pm) and 25 May 2023 (7am

People with a lived experience of mental health challenges, carers, psychological service providers, other mental health service providers, GPs, and other stakeholders are invited to register for co-design sessions. Your participation in these sessions will help to ensure services are designed to truly meet local needs.  

The NQPHN Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Team has compiled the information gathered from the three stepped care workshops held so far into concise one-page summaries. These summaries provide an overview of the current state, future state, attendee breakdown, and key insights ('messages in a bottle'). Click on the links below to read the summaries:

  • Cairns stepped care workshop summary
  • Townsville stepped care workshop summary
  • Mackay stepped care workshop summary

NQPHN and our partner Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) are undertaking codesign activities to inform the implementation of two important mental health and suicide prevention service initiatives.

NQPHN and Mackay HHS are working together to implement new Universal Aftercare services for people who have attempted suicide or are at imminent risk of attempting suicide.

People with a lived experience of mental health challenges or suicide, carers, service providers, GPs, and other stakeholders are invited to register for the codesign sessions. Participation in these events will help to ensure services are designed to truly meet local needs. 

18 May 2023