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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 30 June 2011) . . Page.. 3185 ..

The review began in 2009, and has included comprehensive mapping of services, an in depth consultation process by ConNetica Consultants during 2010, and direct liaison between the Health Directorate and the community sector. There is currently significant local and national reform being undertaken within health, aged care, disability and the community sectors more generally. The recommendations will be implemented within this larger context.

The report provides an Action Framework which will support:

more integrated service planning with public services (Mental Health ACT)

better outcome measurement

quality benchmarking, and

measures which will give agencies capacity to voluntarily consolidate into more sustainable organisations.

The Action Framework aligns with the measures being taken across all portfolios by the Labor Government to build the capacity and sustainability of the community sector.

I thank mental health consumers, carers and community agencies for their contribution to the review. The Health Directorate will begin work immediately with the community sector peak body, the Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT, to implement the Action Framework.

The Labor Government is committed to the continued development of the mental health community sector as a vital partner in delivery of high quality mental health services for the ACT.

I commend this report on the Review of the ACT Community Sector Mental Health Services to the Assembly.

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