The Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NT PHN) Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment (MHSP NA) took place over six weeks in early 2016. An identified limitation and substantial gap in the overall development of the Needs Assessment was a lack of regional consultations. The MHSP NA recommended that a minimum six-month timeframe be granted for a future needs assessment, to allow for comprehensive stakeholder consultation, Northern Territory-wide (NT) (Northern Territory PHN, 2016).
In February 2017, NT PHN engaged the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (the Coalition), as the peak body for community managed mental health services in the Northern Territory, to undertake the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Service Review (MH and SP Service Review), inclusive of the following service deliverables:
A description of each organisation providing Mental Health (MH) and Suicide Prevention (SP) services in the NT including;
· Scope, eligibility criteria for service;
· Extent of the services provided within the Stepped Care Framework;
· The funding sources for these services;
· Accreditation status and review of the quality and clinical governance processes;
· Through a CQI lens understand the data collection processes;
· Client capacity and client journey
· Geographical coverage
Deliver five Roundtable Forums in the following geographical areas that engage with key stakeholders to ascertain needs, priorities and opportunities for improving the service system on a regional basis.