Further development of the NMHSPF

In March 2018 the NMHSPF team commenced a program of work to enhance the utility of the NMHSPF. The work plan includes

– Revising the epidemiology of the NMHSPF to provide a structure
   for regular updating and to incorporate the latest evidence

– Refining the care profiles of the NMHSPF to better account for the
   needs of special populations including

– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
– People living in rural and remote areas
– Culturally and linguistically diverse groups
– Forensic populations
– Youth groups

– Implementing incremental technical fixes and enhancements in
   response to licensed user feedback

– Supporting the transition of the NMHSPF-PST to a new technology

This work is scheduled to be completed over the next three years. If you would like to know more about this program of work please contact us.


The NMHSPF team is currently working with the Department of Health, States, Territories and PHNs to set up a network of Super-Users to support all licensed users of the NMHSPF to correctly use the NMHSPF-PST for mental health service planning. The Super-User network will be meeting on April 19 & 20 to discuss the ongoing training and support needs of the licensed users. An update on the outcomes from this meeting will be posted on the NMHSPF website. If you are interested in learning more about the Super-Users or registering your interest in becoming a Super-User then please contact us.

February-March 2018 Training Workshops

In 2018 the Stage 1 training was successfully transitioned to online rather than face-to-face. Training participants were required to view training videos and complete a short quiz prior to attending a Stage 2 face-to-face workshop. The NMHSPF team delivered six face-to-face training workshops (three each of Stage 2 and 3) in Brisbane and Sydney. Discussions are currently underway regarding the structure of the training program and scheduling of further workshops. Updates on training will be posted on the website.  

Upcoming Training Workshops

The UQ NMHSPF team will be providing Stage 1, 2 and 3 user training workshops from July to October 2017 for Primary Health Networks, state health departments and Local Hospital Networks to assist them in using the NMHSPF for their planning. Workshops are being held in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. A further round of Stage 1, 2 and 3 training workshops will be held in early 2018. For more information please contact us.

Stage 1 Training Commenced

The UQ NMHSPF team, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, provided Stage 1 user training to representatives from 28 Primary Health Networks in May and June 2017. This first stage of face-to-face training provided users with an introductory level understanding of the scope, structure and application of the NMHSPF in regional mental health service planning. Workshops were held in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Feedback from the workshops is being used to refine the training curriculum.

QCMHR Hosts Collaborative Workshop

On 22-23 February 2017 the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research at The University of Queensland hosted Sharing learnings from the early implementation of stepped care: A PHN collaborative planning workshop in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Health. The aims of the workshop were to promote a common understanding of the core elements of stepped care, bring together PHN learnings based on early implementation experience, and identify priorities for future phases of this long-term reform agenda.

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