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Lessons from the National Mental Health Integration Program.

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Three projects were funded under the national Mental Health Integration Program (MHIP) in 1999, each of which employed a different model aimed at improving linkages between disparate parts of the mental health system. A national evaluation framework guided local evaluations of these projects, and this paper presents a synthesis of the findings. For providers, the projects improved working relationships, created learning opportunities and increased referral and shared care opportunities. For consumers and carers, the projects resulted in a greater range of options and increased continuity of care. For the wider system, the projects achieved significant structural and cultural change. Cost-wise, there were no increases in expenditure, and even some reductions. Many of the lessons from the projects (and their evaluations) may be generalised to other mental health settings and beyond.

Publication Date


  • 2005

Citation


  • Eagar, K., Pirkis, J. E., Owen, A., Burgess, P. M., Posner, N., & Perkins, D. A. (2005). Lessons from the National Mental Health Integration Program.. Australian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association, 29(2), 189-200. doi:10.1071/AH050189

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-17644412707

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 189

End Page


  • 200

Volume


  • 29

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Three projects were funded under the national Mental Health Integration Program (MHIP) in 1999, each of which employed a different model aimed at improving linkages between disparate parts of the mental health system. A national evaluation framework guided local evaluations of these projects, and this paper presents a synthesis of the findings. For providers, the projects improved working relationships, created learning opportunities and increased referral and shared care opportunities. For consumers and carers, the projects resulted in a greater range of options and increased continuity of care. For the wider system, the projects achieved significant structural and cultural change. Cost-wise, there were no increases in expenditure, and even some reductions. Many of the lessons from the projects (and their evaluations) may be generalised to other mental health settings and beyond.

Publication Date


  • 2005

Citation


  • Eagar, K., Pirkis, J. E., Owen, A., Burgess, P. M., Posner, N., & Perkins, D. A. (2005). Lessons from the National Mental Health Integration Program.. Australian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association, 29(2), 189-200. doi:10.1071/AH050189

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-17644412707

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 189

End Page


  • 200

Volume


  • 29

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication