Evaluation of the Specialist Mental Health Services for Older People

NSW Department of Health, 2011

In 2011, the NSW Department of Health (now the NSW Ministry of Health) engaged Health Policy Analysis to conduct a mid-term evaluation of the NSW Service Plan for Specialist Mental Health Services for Older People (SMHSOP) 2005-2015.

The purpose of the evaluation was to the assess the progress of implementation of the Plan, evaluate the outcomes from Phase 1, and review the strategies and service models outlined for development in Phase 2 to assess that they are still relevant and accord with current evidence.

The review involved extensive consultation with SMHSOP clinical co-ordinators and key stakeholder groups both internal and external to the Department (e.g. consumer and carer, CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative groups, relevant professional organisations, and peak aged care and mental health non-government organisations). It also involved a comprehensive survey of SMHSOP clinical co-ordinators and clinicians across the state; analysis of activity, outcome and expenditure data; and facilitation of several workshops.

The recommendations arising from the evaluation have been implemented by the Ministry.