Components to Australia’s Mental Health System
There are many components to Australia’s mental health system including public and private hospital care, outpatient care from multidisciplinary clinical teams, and primary care from GPs and psychologists. These make up the traditional or ‘clinical’ approach to mental health care.
The Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Sector complements these services, offering a unique approach to helping people in their recovery journey.
They operate throughout the mental health continuum – from early intervention to severe/complex mental illness. But what distinguishes them from more clinical models of care is their focus on wellbeing rather than illness and the ability to offer practical supports to help people connect with their communities and live well. They do this by assisting people to build on their strengths and increase their capacity to live a full and meaningful life.