History

The NMHSPF is an iterative model and will continue to be updated to reflect contemporary best practice and changes in epidemiology.

In 2022, the AIHW will undertake consultation with licenced users to identify priority development areas for the next iteration of the tool/model/framework. For more information contact [email protected].

 

Timeline of projects and work undertaken in the development, creation and future of the NMHSPF. Runs from 2009 to 2022.

Chart: The University of Queensland

Source: Introduction to the National Mental Health Service Planning Framework v4.0

The NMHSPF was first developed under the Fourth National Mental Health Plan. This plan committed to ‘develop a national service planning framework that establishes targets for the mix and level of the full range of mental health services, backed by innovative funding models.’

Between 2014 and 2016, the NMHSPF was provided to all states and territories to test the NMHSPF in real-world service planning environment.  The University of Queensland was commissioned to incorporate feedback from this testing phase into the NMHSPF.

The NMHSPF V2.0 was later endorsed as part of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan before a large-scale training roll-out designed and delivered by the University of Queensland.

In 2018, the Department of Health commissioned the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) to transition the NMHSPF Planning Support Tool (NMHSPF-PST) to an online Tableau environment. Tableau is an interactive data visualisation tool that increases flexibility and access to the planning tool.

The NMHSPF-PST in Tableau was first released in April 2019, followed by several minor updates. 

Most recently the NMHSPF-PST (V4.0) was updated/released in December 2021 to incorporate several enhancements including new modelling for:

  • Indigenous populations
  • Rural populations
  • Youth age group
  • Consolidation of care profiles
  • New population data source.