co-design workshop team

Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Co-design Workshops

In September, Sydney North Health Network held seven mental health, alcohol and other drugs co-design workshops to inform the commissioning of support services to address these needs in our region.

Co-design is an essential part of the commissioning process at SNPHN. It involves consulting with service users, health professionals and other experts in a particular area to ensure that the redesigning and commissioning of services is well informed and takes on board the views, priorities and concepts put forward.

The information gathered from this collaborative process is then complimented with current literature, the SNPHN Needs Assessment and knowledge of the current services available in our region to inform further service redesign.

The seven co-design workshops were focused around the following priorities:

  • Psychological services for underserviced groups
  • Psychological services for culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  • Child and youth mental health
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health
  • Psychological services for perinatal depression
  • Suicide prevention services
  • Alcohol and other drug treatment services

SNPHN’s co-design workshops were attended by more than 200 people from across the local primary health sector including GPs, allied health providers, service providers, Northern Sydney Local Health District and community members. David Grant, SNPHN General Manager – Commissioning and Partnerships commented “We were extremely happy with the level of engagement and feedback given by those who attended the seven workshops.”

Feedback from the co-design workshops were presented to SNPHN’s Mental Health & AOD Advisory Committee on the 6th of October. “This provided an opportunity to further explore the feedback, refine key service features and to create a shared vision for delivery of primary Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs services in the near future,” David said.

There were a number of key highlights that came out of the co-design workshops. These include:

  • Delivery of mental health services should be flexible, and not restricted to one environment or method of delivery.
  • Referral pathways should be broad and reflective of the services that consumers already access.
  • Commissioned services should be culturally appropriate and welcoming.
  • Team-based care practices should be encouraged with support for effective care coordination.

“From October to December, Sydney North Health Network will go out to tender for commissioned mental health and AOD services. This will help to ensure that people in need of mental health and AOD support in the SNPHN region receive better access to the right care in the right place at the right time,” David concluded.

For those who were unable to attend the co-design workshops and would like to have their say, please complete the Shape the Future of Mental Health Services survey.