The Fifth Plan sets out to achieve outcomes in eight priority areas that align with specific aims and policy directions in the National Mental Health Policy. These priority areas do not reflect all the aims and policy directions in the National Mental Health Policy but align with those that are well positioned for change in terms of both need and opportunity. The eight priority areas of the Fifth Plan are:
• achieving integrated regional planning and service delivery
• effective suicide prevention
• coordinating treatment and supports for people with severe and complex mental illness
• improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and suicide prevention
• improving the physical health of people living with mental illness and reducing early mortality
• reducing stigma and discrimination
• making safety and quality central to mental health service delivery
• ensuring that the enablers of effective system performance and system improvement are in place.
Governments are committed to actions that are directed at achieving these outcomes and have identified indicators of progress that will be measured and reported on over the life of the Fifth Plan.
Department of Health, Commonwealth of Australia 2017