Mental Health Planning 2019

The Northern Territory Government is reviewing the NT Mental Health Strategic Plan to better meet the social and emotional needs of Territorians and align priorities with the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

Mental health is an illness that can affect anyone at any time, and that may change the way you may think, behave and feel.

Now is your opportunity to help shape the six year plan by providing feedback on the below proposed vision, principles and the six focus key priority areas.

How to have your say

Have your say by attending one of the community consultation sessions or completing the online feedback form below by 31 March 2019.

What happens after the consultation?

Following feedback, a draft strategic plan will be developed and provided to stakeholders for final comment mid-April 2019.

The NT Mental Health Strategic Plan 2019-2025 will be publically released in May 2019.


The Northern Territory Government is reviewing the NT Mental Health Strategic Plan to better meet the social and emotional needs of Territorians and align priorities with the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

Mental health is an illness that can affect anyone at any time, and that may change the way you may think, behave and feel.

Now is your opportunity to help shape the six year plan by providing feedback on the below proposed vision, principles and the six focus key priority areas.

How to have your say

Have your say by attending one of the community consultation sessions or completing the online feedback form below by 31 March 2019.

What happens after the consultation?

Following feedback, a draft strategic plan will be developed and provided to stakeholders for final comment mid-April 2019.

The NT Mental Health Strategic Plan 2019-2025 will be publically released in May 2019.


Mental Health Planning 2019


Proposed Vision Statement

The Northern Territory’s vision is a community that understands social and emotional health wellbeing, mental health and mental illness, and that all Territorians have the best possible mental health and wellbeing.

Does the proposed vision statement adequately reflect your vision for mental health in the Northern Territory?

Proposed Principles

- Equity and access - Dignity and respect - Uniqueness of the individual - Education and increasing mental health literacy - Partnerships and communication - Quality care at the right place and right time.

Do the proposed principles adequately reflect your view for mental health services in the Northern Territory?

Proposed Priority Areas

- Coordinated care though regional planning - a multi-sectoral approach – a comprehensive and coordinated response with formalised partnerships that work across multiple government and non-government sectors including, health (primary, secondary and tertiary care services), education, employment, judicial, housing and other relevant sectors. The whole of system approach will address the needs of an individual based on the social determinants of health. Regional planning occurs in partnership and is unique to each specific community. - Culturally secure, safe and trauma informed care focussed on recovery- services and programs planned and delivered in a way that takes into account the unique needs of the population and respects their culture and values. Alternative approaches are identified and implemented where required to ensure culturally appropriate service planning, implementation, delivery, evaluation and review. All services work from a recovery model from the perspective of the individual with mental illness, recovery meaning gaining and retaining hope, understanding of one’s abilities and disabilities, engagement in an active life, personal autonomy, social identity, meaning and purpose in life, and a positive sense of self. Individuals accessing service are informed of options and take the lead in their health care and recovery planning. - Person centred supports and services with consumers and carers at the front and centre of care - consumers and carers are engaged at all levels of advocacy, policy, planning, legislation review, monitoring, research and evaluation. Genuine and meaningful levels of engagement occur at a strategic level and in particular where decisions about service planning are made - Community information and education to increase mental health knowledge to reduce stigma - mental health information, education services and support that is person centred and acknowledges the social determinants of health, including physical health, employment, education, housing, family support relationships, and social connectedness and their impact on mental health and wellbeing. - Safety, quality, data collection and investment in evaluation - safety and quality will be central to mental health service delivery. Leverage digital technologies to enhance safety and quality. Evaluate the use of outcome measures in clinical and community based services to improve mental health outcomes of Territorians. Monitor the alignment with agreed quality and safety standards across all services. Data collection will be streamlined and improved, including across inpatient and community services so as to enhance the capacity for comparison and reporting. This will be aided by new technologies, working towards a new grants management and paperless health system. - Equity, sustainability and a stepped care approach – including a balanced investment – a comprehensive, evidenced based and contemporary mental health system to provide a full range of support and services, including mental health promotion, education, prevention, treatment and support, post vention services, through a coordinated and planned approached proving the right care at the right time to those who need it. A skilled, capable and committed workforce exists to provide services.

Do you agree with the stated priorities and focus areas for service system development over the next ten years?