Commissioning and youth mental health

Addressing an undertreated health issue

The Australian Government has released a new mental health policy in response to the National Mental Health Commission’s review of mental health programmes and services. The policy gives the 31 Primary Health Networks (PHNs), established by the Australian Government responsibility for planning mental health services. For young people, headspace services will be integrated with broader youth services at a regional level.

Orygen has prepared the below policy brief to explore this change in commissioning model and how it could work to ensure the highest quality mental health services for young people.