Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs are a particular focus for our community

The impact of Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs is very significant for the people living on the Mid North Coast and in Northern New South Wales.

This area attracts significant resources.

The partners in the NCC have long recognised that Mental Health and Other Drugs is a significant issue for the people that are served. As such, these issues attract significant funding. Last year, the LHDs and the PHN spent over $200 million dollars in addressing these issues. We need to be more prudent and efficient in allocating these resources

Before embarking on the initiative that has become the NCC, we undertook a critical examination of our performance in the commissioning and management of services for Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs. This short piece of work uncovered key shortcomings in our approach to the commissioning and management of service provision.

Acknowledging these shortcomings we chose to explore potential ways through which we might more prudently and efficiently apply our resources in the pursuit of better health outcomes. This exploration lead us to trial a framework and approach for allocating resources in a way that would achieve equitable outcomes.

A key discovery resulting from this process was the importance of understanding not only those services commissioned and funded, but also those services not funded. This is critical as we operate in an environment of increasing demand and constrained resources.

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