Planning for Wellbeing – A Regional Plan for North Brisbane and Moreton Bay focusing on mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drug treatment services 2018 – 2023 (the Regional Plan) was endorsed by the North Brisbane Strategic Coordination Group and launched in October 2018.

The Regional Plan identifies significant opportunities for service and system improvement across three discrete and complementary areas of work – mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drug treatment services.

Development and implementation of the Regional Plan is a requirement under The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan [1], and aligns with the intent of the National Drug Strategy [2]

    • The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan specifically tasks PHNs and HHSs with ‘developing joint, single regional mental health and suicide prevention plans and commissioning services according to those plans’.
    • The National Drug Strategy provides a guide for jurisdictions in developing their individual responses to local alcohol and other drug issues, with the expectation that each jurisdiction will develop their own action plan detailing local priorities and activities to be progressed.

Together, Brisbane North PHN (the PHN) and Metro North Hospital and Health Service (the HHS), as co-sponsors of the Regional Plan, worked with an extensive group of stakeholders to develop a shared vision, priorities, objectives and actions, and collectively, these form Planning for Wellbeing – a joint regional plan for mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drug services.

The Regional Plan endorses the vision statement articulated by the Queensland Mental Health Commission’s Strategic Plan – Shifting Minds [3]

A fair and inclusive Queensland where all people can achieve positive mental health and wellbeing and live lives with meaning and purpose.

Guided by the vision, the Regional Plan sets out ten long-term outcomes, as well as five key principles that have underpinned its development and continue to guide its implementation.

[1] Council of Australian Governments – Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan

[2] Australian Government Department of Health – National Drug Strategy

[3] Queensland Mental Health Commission – Strategic Plan

Planning for Wellbeing – Long-term outcomes

Together we seek to build a community in Brisbane North where people:

  1. have the resources and supports to create and maintain healthy meaningful lives
  2. are free from stigma and discrimination
  3. are in charge of their own recovery, and services and supports respond to what they need
  4. achieve their desired outcomes, assisted by services and supports when needed
  5. know about and are connected to the right services and supports at the right time, and in the right place
  6. seamlessly access different services and supports as their needs change
  7. are understood holistically so that they can be connected to broader health and community services that address social determinants of health
  8. with a lived experience are actively involved in all levels of policy, planning, delivery and evaluation
  9. with a lived experience contribute their experience to inform services and supports and drive service innovation and quality improvement, as part of an evidence-informed approach
  10. have confidence in services and supports that are appropriately resourced, work collaboratively, and maintain a stable, skilled workforce, including peers and carers.

Planning for Wellbeing – Principles

  1. Authentic participation by people with a lived experience will underpin our work.
  2. A holistic approach based on social determinants of health will shape our services.
  3. Frameworks that support matching people to the intervention level that best meets their needs will direct our service delivery:
    • [1] Stepped care for mental health services;
    • [2] Lifespan for suicide prevention services; and
    • [3] Queensland Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Service Delivery Framework [3] for alcohol and other drug treatment services.
  1. Effective communication and strong collaboration will strengthen all we do.

We value equity, respond effectively to diversity and work towards social justice.

The Regional Plan articulates a suite of shared objectives that have been developed in partnership and via significant consultation with stakeholders. The shared objectives reflect the commitment to action of healthcare practitioners and organisations across the region, as well as the contribution that will be made by people with a lived experience, and carers who are engaged in work to shape and improve mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drug treatment services.

[1] Our approach to stepped care – https://www.brisbanenorthphn.org.au/

[2] https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/research/lifespan

[3] https://insight.qld.edu.au/file/235/download

Planning for Wellbeing – Focus areas

The shared objectives and associated actions are split across 12 focus areas:

  1. People with a lived experience leading change
  2. Supporting families and carers
  3. Sustaining good mental health
  4. Commissioning services
  5. Delivering integrated services
  6. Responding to diversity
  7. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing
  8. Alcohol and other drug treatment services
  9. Infants, children, young people and families
  10. Psychological therapies
  11. Severe and complex mental illness
  12. Suicide prevention.

Get involved

If you would like to know more about Planning for Wellbeing, or if you’re interested in getting involved, please drop us a line – we’d love to hear from you.