On Thursday 26 November 2015 the Australian Government announced a structural reform package for mental health. This was in response to the National Mental Health Commission Review of Mental Health Programs and Services. The Government's response to the NMHC Review and a factsheet about the reforms can be accessed on the Department of Health website.
Under the reforms funding for a number of mental health programs, including MHNIP and ATAPS, transfers to the Primary Health Networks (PHNs) from 1 July 2016. For 2016-17 the funding for MHNIP will be quarantined and PHNs are required to commission mental health nursing services from the current network of MHNIP providers. From 2017-18 the funding will transition fully to the PHN flexible funding pool and MHNIP as it now exists will change as there will not be defined mental health programs. There is updated information on the changes to MHNIP on the Department of Health website available
The ACMHN also has a Mental Health Reform section in News/events on our website which provides a summary of the key documents regarding the mental health reforms here at updates from the ACMH and other relevant information