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Developing your primary mental health plan 52 13 Definitions 53 Primary health care 53 Mental health promotion 53 Non-government organisations (NGOs) 53 Appendices Appendix 1: Process Used to Develop this Document 54 Appendix 2: Strategic Policies and Documents 57 Appendix 3: Mäori Health Perspective 60 Appendix 4: Effective Primary Mental Health for Pacific Peoples 65 References 79
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Primary Health Organisations: 1 Service development toolkit for mental health services in primary health care 1 Introduction Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) are accountable for achieving improved health outcomes for their enrolled population. Each PHO is required to develop an annual business plan that is agreed with its respective District Health Board (DHB). As mental health care is a core component of primary health care, PHOs need to develop a mental health plan as part of their overall business plan. PHOs must decide what they need to do and how they need do it in order to improve the mental health outcomes for their specific population. PHOs are key providers of mental health services Primary health care practitioners provide a wide range of mental health services (including services relating to alcohol and other drugs, and gambling) to a large number of people. It is well established that in any one year around 20 percent of the community will have a mental health problem. Not all these people will seek help; nor do they probably need to. However, in the event that they do seek help, most people will seek help from a primary health care practitioner, because mental health and physical health are inextricably linked. Unlike specialist mental health services, neither the role nor the source of funding is explicit for mental health care provision in primary health care. However, in the current environment, the expectations of PHOs are more explicit. To meet this challenge, PHOs need to: know their enrolled populations’ needs understand the way in which mental health services are delivered by providers and understand the links with other service providers assess the fit of their current services with the needs of their enrolled population and their practitioners identify opportunities for aligning current services to be more effective in achieving improved mental health decide what additional services will be necessary for an even greater improvement in mental health outcomes in the long term. Developing and implementing a mental health plan that covers these issues will assist PHOs to deliver on their accountability to their enrolled population.
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2 Primary Health Organisations: Service development toolkit for mental health services in primary health care Ideas for action Different PHOs are at different stages of development in their approach to mental health care.
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