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About the Mental Health Network

The Mental Health Network aims to work collaboratively with stakeholders to promote and support the development and implementation of evidence-based innovative programs, frameworks and models of care that improve the quality and experience of care for consumers in NSW. It also aims to achieve the Quadruple Aim of:

  • improving the quality and experience of care for consumers and patients
  • improving the experience of staff
  • improving the mental health of the population
  • increasing the cost effectiveness of mental health care.

The key priorities of the ACI Mental Health Network are:

  • Consideration of current research and evidence
  • Identification of gaps and opportunities in the current response to mental health
  • Co-design and consumer experience: recognise the consumer experience and consumer outcomes as central to activities
  • Being leaders innovation: spread and promote innovation and best evidence-based practice
  • Working together to break down silos and create a system that works for everyone

The ACI Mental Health Network are currently focusing on:

  1. Trauma-Informed Care and Practice in Mental Health Services:

    The purpose of the Trauma-Informed Care and Practice (TICP) project is to increase awareness and understanding of TICP in NSW Mental Health Services. This will be achieved by undertaking diagnostic analysis of the current state of NSW Mental Health Services in relation to trauma-informed approaches to care. Once diagnosis is complete, evidence-based TICP strategies will be developed and implemented for the purposes of improving the experience of care for consumers, carers, families and staff.

  2. Mental Health Safety and Quality in NSW - Building Collaborative Cultures and Strengthening Therapeutic Relationships:

    The “Building Collaborative Cultures of Care within NSW Mental Health Services” resource was launched on 9th August 2019. The purpose of the web-based resource was:

      To strengthen consumer and family engagement in mental health collaborative care planning
    • To include practical solutions and key principles to strengthen consumer and family engagement
    • Reduce seclusion and restraint events
    • To provide a central depository of information to support a learning healthcare system that connects people with ideas that make a difference
Next steps:
  1. To continue to build on in-practice examples and resources contained within the e-tool by drawing on the expertise and showcasing the great work that is happening across the sector.
  2. Ensuring all stakeholders are aware of the resources available to support them and are further encouraged to use them.

Our People

Heidi Keevers

Heidi Keevers

Karen Lenihan

Karen Lenihan

Dr Andrew McDonald

Dr Andrew McDonald

The ACI Mental Health Network is led by a Network Executive Committee that has representatives from across the mental health sector including consumers, carers, clinicians, academics, managers, Aboriginal representation, representatives from primary health networks, the Ministry of Health and the community managed sector.

Mental Health Network Executive Committee Terms of Reference