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DHSChild and Youth Mental Health Service Redesign Demonstration Projects


Developing strategies to better engage adolescents and young adults 12-25 years with a broader range of moderate to severe mental health problems, including co-occurring drug and alcohol problems.

2.4 Service reform principles

The work of consortia towards service reform will be underpinned and guided by seven key principles:


Outcome focus: the goal of measurable improved client outcomes will be a priority in project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.


Reform agenda: critical review of existing services in the light of the full spectrum of need and readiness for innovation are key starting points for building substantive change and a coherent expanded service system; projects must do more than fill gaps.


Shared responsibility: recognition that building a broader response to mental health requires the development and maintenance of effective partnerships across service sectors.


Early intervention: responding early in life, early in the course of a disorder, and early in an episode of illness to reduce the risk and impact of mental health problems on individuals, their families and carers, and the wider community.


Recovery orientation: providing coordinated support and treatment options that promote optimal functioning and participation in the community, self determination and hope


Consumer-centred approach: services are planned in response to the contemporary needs and circumstances of children, adolescents, young adults and their families.


Evidence-based planning and practice: developing responses based on identified needs and the best available evidence to achieve desired outcomes.

2.5 Target groups

The demonstration projects will focus on reforming the provision of services to children, young people and their families 0-25 years at high risk of or experiencing social, emotional and behavioural problems and mental illness.

2.6 Catchment area

Projects will reform service provision across an area that is subregional and the size of one or more Primary Care Partnership or Area Mental Health Service catchments.  It is therefore envisaged that the age specific target population for metropolitan projects would be 100,000 to 200,000 and for rural 50,000 to 100,000. Ideally, areas will align with other key health catchments or planning areas to enable optimal data analysis.

The final catchment size will be agreed with the successful consortia.

2.7 Eligible applicants

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