Sunday, October 04, 2015
A Brief History of Current Work Programme
In March 2007, the Strategic Plan for the Development of Mental Health and Addiction Services was completed. This document articulates the vision for how mental health services could look in 2016, and was developed after considerable sector feedback.
The Mental Health Gaps Analysis Report compares the vision of the Regional Mental Health and Addiction Services Strategic Plan with the current situation, including gaps in service, configuration/coordination, workforce, infrastructure and the resources required to achieve the vision.
A Gaps workshop was held in April 2008 for Portfolio Managers, Service Managers and Clinical Directors. This workshop was well supported and identified regional priorities for Mental Health within the Central Region.
A wider workshop was held in July 08, including a range of clinicians, managers, consumers and other key stakeholders which was well supported. The workshop focussed on how to implement the strategic plan, confirming the priorities identified at the gaps workshop, and what else needed to be added, as well as discussing the IRMHSP project.
Our Regional Mental Health Implementation Plan prioritises the various projects for both TAS and the Portfolio Managers to operationalise the overall strategic direction from the Central Region Strategic Plan for the Development of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Mental Health Network
The Mental Health Interim Network provides oversight for the regional programme of work in Mental Health.
The multi-disciplinary group is focussed primarily on (IRMHSP) since it began late last year.  Other key projects in the regional work programme are detailed below.   

Implementation of the Central Region Strategic Plan (IRMHSP)

This is the priority regional project for TAS. IRMHSP phase 1t will establish a framework for determining when services should be provided locally, sub regionally or regionally.

The development of decision making tools to be used as a guide included full sector engagement throughout the Central Region for feedback and refinement. These improvements are being incorporated and presented to the Steering Group before the final draft of the discussion document is released.


This work involves identifying resource input for services provided across the region via the IDF process. This work also helps to ensure robust methodology and accuracy of data used or migrated to national data sets. Central Region IDF needs to be accurate and received by the MoH in a timely manner. Quarterly reports are developed to inform portfolio managers of IDF trends and issues.

Ongoing communication between TAS and DHB analysts occurs and we continue to develop useful tools for analysis of regional funding frameworks.

Regional Contract Repository for Mental Health
All Central Region mental health contract information is currently being placed in a managed database with reporting functions. This reduces the risk of human error in the calculation of IDFs for Mental Health and ensures the accuracy of all contract information, including expenditure.
This project is drawing to an end with the development of the system and will become business as usual in the future.
There is potential to develop or add on further functions to this system. However there have been significant time delays with its development therefore the current focus is to complete all data entry and ensure the system is fully functioning well before considering any additional applications.

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