11th July 2017.
QAMH is pleased to announce that it has an avenue for input into the Turnbull Government’s Primary Health Network (PHN) Advisory Panel through Community Mental Health Australia’s (CMHA) membership on the Panel.
The Panel is co-chaired by Mental Health Australia CEO, Frank Quinlan and National Health Commission CEO, Dr Peggy Brown, to ensure that funding and support is delivered through the 31 PHNs across Australia.
“This is an excellent opportunity for QAMH to provide feedback to the PHNs from our members at a local level,” said Kris Trott, CEO.
Minister for Health and Minister for Sport, the Hon Greg Hunt MP has said that mental health is a priority for the Turnbull government and through the 31 PHNs, we are able to create outcomes for those in need.
The new panel will play a key role in achieving more front-line mental health services for Australians who need it.
The advisory panel will serve four main functions:
- To review and provide guidance regarding the mental health plans developed by the 31 PHNs nationally
- To review and provide advice on the guidelines for mental health commissioning provided to the PHNs
- Provide advice on strategies to support the PHNs to effectively carry out their commissioning responsibilities in mental health
- Provide recommendations on ongoing governance and coordination of PHNs commissioning of mental health services.