About the NMHSPF

What is the NMHSPF?

The NMHSPF allows users to estimate need and expected demand for mental health care and the level and mix of mental health services required for a given population.


The NMHSPF addresses a commitment under the Fourth National Mental Health Plan to “develop a national service planning framework that establishes targets for the mix and level of the full range of mental health services, backed by innovative funding models” (Department of Health, 2009).

Further development

The Australian Government Department of Health in conjunction with states and territories has commissioned a team within The University of Queensland to undertake a program of work spanning three years to further develop and refine the NMHSPF.

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