Client: Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast PHN
Project: Co-commissioning of mental health, alcohol and other drug services in the PHN environment: A five-year roadmap for the Queensland PHN CEO Working Group
Delivered: December 2017 – January 2018.
Description: The purpose of the scoping exercise was to explore the feasibility of fully implementing co-commissioning processes (co-planning, co-design and potentially co-funding) for MHAOD services within QLD within the next five years, through:
describing the existing co-commissioning landscape at a policy level
summarising consultation undertaken with Queensland PHN representatives
presenting implementation guidance for the QLD PHN CEOs working group
mapping a potential way forward for co-commissioning activities for QLD PHNs
being a key point of reference for any related project activity in the future
The main findings of the consultation and horizon scanning process were:
co-commissioning is worth pursuing and is strongly supported at the policy level and within key PHN MHAOD staff
Queensland PHNs have approached funding MHAOD services in a variety of ways, resulting in the need for diverse co-commissioning approaches to achieve success
Queensland PHNs are at different stages of readiness and willingness to implement co-commissioning approaches, but steps can still be taken across QLD.
engagement at a senior level is required to progress co-commissioning conversations with other MHAOD service funders across QLD
MHAOD services commissioned by Queensland PHNs vary in readiness and applicability for co-commissioning. Program areas that are ‘co-commissioning ready’ should be tested immediately while other program areas require deeper scoping.
The 5th Mental Health Plan mandated integrated regional plan is a prime opportunity to progress co-commissioning approaches with diverse funders. A coordinated approach across QLD service funders is needed to achieve system change.
Queensland PHNs lack full visibility of other funded MHAOD services in their respective regions. Through senior engagement, duplication of services and opportunities for co-commissioning can be identified.
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