The project supports the development and implementation of the South West Integrated Mental Healthcare (SWMHP) plan over the next two years. The SWMHP aims to transform the existing National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Stepped Care Model into the Stepped Pathway Program of mental health care. This will result in a more sustainable model for long term staff development, client general practice (GP) management, staff recruitment and retention and ensuring clients are transitioned on the best care pathway.
The SWHHS will work in partnership with the Western Queensland Primary Health Network (WQPHN) to ensure the General Practice’s (GPs) are on board with the project and have their support in getting the Stepped Pathway implemented across the SWHHS and region. WQPHN regional mental health planning and commissioning of services will be founded upon a stepped care approach.
This project provides an innovative integrated mindset to mental health care and subsequently chronic disease management and multi organisation care coordination in the South West.