Mental health information for health professionals
Nominations for Lived Experience Representatives
NT Health is calling for expressions of interest for two individuals with lived experience to provide a consumer, carer and/or community voice on the Mental Health Approved Procedures and Quality Assurance Committee.
By providing this consumer perspective, the lived experience representatives will help improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes for Territorians.
Successful applicants will be expected to attend up to four meetings per year, either face-to-face or via video conference and respond to requests for input or feedback on resources that are under development or review on an ongoing basis.
In you have any questions or wish to apply, please contact:
The Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch is a specialist policy and project unit within the Department of Health. It is responsible for:
- monitoring the delivery of mental health alcohol and other drugs services
- service development and integration
- mental health and alcohol and other drug legislative reform matters
- National mental health and alcohol and other drug reform agenda activities and projects
- provision of funding to non-government organisations.
Mental health and suicide prevention strategies and legislation
NT Health is committed to working with the whole community and key stakeholders in building a mental health service system that invests in and supports the community to better understand how and when to seek help. The strategic plan outlines a collaborative approach and incorporates the perspectives of individuals, carers, clinical and non clinical service providers. The plan has been developed in consultation with many members of the community including those with a lived experience and with a direct experience with services across the continuum of care.
Read the mental health strategic plan 2019-2025 .
A collaboration between NT PHN, NT Health and AMSANT, is leading development on a mental health and suicide prevention regional plan for the Northern Territory, in partnership with key stakeholders across the system.
The regional plan aims to identify ways the current system can better support people with their mental health, mental illness and prevent suicide. It will do this by finding ways to work together so that services are more coordinated, identify priority areas where systems could work more effectively, make sure that data and evidence is used to inform how services are established and ensure a spectrum of services targeting the needs of our communities are available.
The Mental Health and Related Services Act 1998 is the framework that balances the rights and treatment of those with acute mental illness in the Northern Territory.
It is underpinned by international, national and Northern Territory legislation, principles and quality standards. The Act is to be interpreted so that a person who has a mental illness receives the best possible care and treatment in the least restrictive and least intrusive environment enabling the care and treatment to be effectively given. The objective of treatment under the Act is directed towards the purpose of preserving and enhancing personal autonomy.
For more information on the review, view NT Health reviews and evaluations.
- A national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services: guide for practitioners and providers
- A national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services: policy and theory
- National standards for mental health services 2010
- The fifth national mental health and suicide prevention plan
- The fifth national mental health and suicide prevention plan - implementation plan
- Consumers guide to the Mental Health and Related Services Act
Northern Territory Mental Health Clinical Collaborative
The Mental Health Clinical Collaborative brings together clinicians, service providers and community stakeholders to focus on the responsiveness and coordination of mental health care in the Northern Territory and the provision of timely and high quality appropriate care at the right place and at the right time.
- To provide a mechanism for collaboration and communication between clinicians, service providers and community stakeholders.
- To promote an opportunity to exchange information, transfer knowledge, and discuss lessons learnt.
- To communicate alerts, directives and outputs or decisions relating to collaborations with national and international government and non-government agencies.
- To manage a program of service improvement initiatives, aligned with available resources.
- Focus on the improvement in delivery of high quality mental health care and to improve the outcomes through a system wide approach.
- Support a patient-centred approach to care and service provision that meets individuals’ needs with emphasis on supporting and empowering people to achieve favourable healthcare experiences and outcomes.
- Engage with local health services to improve on current work and avoid duplication.
- Nurture the transformational changes in the health system to improve the clinical engagement with a focus on culture and leadership.
- Promote a culture of continuous improvement through informed best available evidence.
- Understand that the physical, social, spiritual and psychological approach to care requires consideration of a wider perspective.
- Be respectful in engagement with Aboriginal communities and respect the voices of Aboriginal individuals and communities.
Membership of the Mental Health Clinical Collaborative includes those who use and provide services across the continuum of care i.e. community members, academics/researchers and other representatives or class of representatives, as listed below:
- allied health practitioners
- Aboriginal health practitioners
- general practitioners (GPs)
- private practitioners
- the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT)
- the Chief Health Officer
- the Chief Psychiatrist
- non-government organisations.
To join the Mental Health Clinical Collaborative:
Step 1. Fill in the expression of interest form.
Step 2. Submit your form by mail or email:
Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
The Mental Health Clinical Collaborative meets 4 times per year.
Refer to the schedule for proposed meeting dates and times below.
|Wednesday 4 May 2022||1:30pm to 3pm||Manunda Place, Darwin||DCVL2 Training Room|
|Wednesday 3 August 2022||1:30pm to 3pm||Manunda Place, Darwin||DCVL2 Training Room|
|Wednesday 2 November 2022||1:30pm to 3pm||Manunda Place, Darwin||DCVL2 Training Room|
|Wednesday 1 February 2023||1:30pm to 3pm||Manunda Place, Darwin||DCVL2 Training Room|
For other related services, please contact:
- Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (NTMHC) - peak body for community-managed mental health
- Community based mental health services - various non-government services
- NT Community Visitor Program - independent complaints, advocacy, monitoring and inspection body.
Last updated: 08 June 2022
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