The Regional Integrated Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs and Suicide Prevention Plan for eastern and north eastern Melbourne contains 10 agreed areas of focus and more than 90 actions to ensure that services in our region work together to better meet the health needs of the community. Implementing the regional plan will involve collaboration between a range of regional stakeholders, including consumers and carers, primary and acute (hospital) areas of the service system, community health, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Each focus area of the plan is to be implemented in a way that empowers consumers and carers to drive change.
Focus Area 4 of the Regional Plan is about improving physical health outcomes for people with severe mental illness, including:
• Develop and implement a consistent strategy to better identify physical health conditions, at an earlier stage, for people with severe mental illness
• Improve and facilitate access to chronic disease programs, immunisations, cancer screening and smoking cessation support, for people with severe illness
• Facilitate increased access to public dental services
• Support and educate practice nurses to better manage the physical health needs of people with severe mental illness