Case studies on the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program

The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP) is part of the Australian Government's component of the National Action Plan on Mental Health 2006-2011. Funding of $191.6 million was allocated over 5 years, commencing July 2007. The funding allows general practices, private psychiatrists and other appropriate community providers (including general practice networks and private hospitals) to engage or retain mental health nurses to assist in the provision of coordinated clinical care for people, in the community, with severe mental health disorders. The MHNIP is intended to help community based patients with a severe mental illness get the right services at the right time, assisting to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions/readmissions.

Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program: case studies project report details a project which investigated 7 sites where the MHNIP has been implemented, covering a variety of locations, service models and employment arrangements. The case studies were intended to highlight the development, implementation and some early outcomes of the MHNIP.

Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program: seven case studies gives detailed studies on the 7 services in Longford, Clare, Bathurst, Geelong, Ipswich, Mackay and Ballarat.

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