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Evaluation of the National Mental Health Strategy

Australia National Mental Health Strategy Evaluation Steering Committee Country Resources Evaluation of Policy, Law, Strategies, Plans, and Services Australia 21 December 1997 Report mental health system, service evaluation, strategy

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This evaluation considers the effectiveness and appropriateness of the National Mental Health Strategy since its inception in 1992. It draws evidence from a number of sources and points to five ‘overarching’ observations.

First, substantial change has occurred in the structure and mix of public mental health services in Australia over the period of the National Mental Health Strategy. The direction of change is consistent across all jurisdictions and in keeping with the national objectives.

Second, there is broad consensus that the range and quality of mental health services available in 1997 have improved substantially over those that existed in 1992. They are seen to be more responsive, more community oriented and better integrated with general
health care than five years ago.

Third, there is a widely shared belief that the National Mental Health Strategy has
been instrumental in producing, or at least, accelerating the change process


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