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Perspectives in Early Intervention
Nine key principles to guide youth mental health: development of service models in New South Wales
Article first published online: 20 NOV 2013
© 2013 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Early Intervention in Psychiatry
Volume 8, Issue 2, pages 190–197, May 2014
How to Cite
Howe, D., Batchelor, S., Coates, D. and Cashman, E. (2014), Nine key principles to guide youth mental health: development of service models in New South Wales. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 8: 190–197. doi: 10.1111/eip.12096
All authors have contributed significantly, and are in agreement with the content of the manuscript.
- Issue published online: 15 APR 2014
- Article first published online: 20 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Received: 23 MAY 2013
- health knowledge;
- mental health service;
Historically, the Australian health system has failed to meet the needs of young people with mental health problems and mental illness. In 2006, New South Wales (NSW) Health allocated considerable funds to the reform agenda of mental health services in NSW to address this inadequacy. Children and Young People's Mental Health (CYPMH), a service that provides mental health care for young people aged 12–24 years, with moderate to severe mental health problems, was chosen to establish a prototype Youth Mental Health (YMH) Service Model for NSW. This paper describes nine key principles developed by CYPMH to guide the development of YMH Service Models in NSW.
A literature review, numerous stakeholder consultations and consideration of clinical best practice were utilized to inform the development of the key principles.
Subsequent to their development, the nine key principles were formally endorsed by the Mental Health Program Council to ensure consistency and monitor the progress of YMH services across NSW. As a result, between 2008 and 2012 YMH Services across NSW regularly reported on their activities against each of the nine key principles demonstrating how each principle was addressed within their service.
The nine key principles provide mental health services a framework for how to reorient services to accommodate YMH and provide a high-quality model of care.
[Corrections added on 29 November 2013, after first online publication: The last two sentences of the Results section have been replaced with "As a result, between 2008 and 2012 YMH Services across NSW regularly reported on their activities against each of the nine key principles demonstrating how each principle was addressed within their service."]