What is System Reform?

People with severe and persistent mental ill-health who have complex needs often interact with multiple services and Government departments. Unfortunately these systems do not always work in a joined up way, and this can make it difficult for people to navigate.

The aim of PIR has been to improve the system by strengthening partnerships between clinical and non-clinical services and support organisations and facilitating better coordination and use of referral pathways. System reform is an investment in person centred and individually tailored support that promotes better outcomes for people with a severe and persistent mental health illness with complex need

System Reform Projects

A system reform Opportunity Fund was established by NT PIR to initiate system change, address priority areas and build capacity. The organisations that were successful in applying for the funds have delivered projects that are of benefit to the wider NT population, and NT PIR participants with severe and persistent mental ill-health with complex needs.


Sustainable Pathways to treatment

The ability to refer and collaborate with other services requires an adequate knowledge of all services that are available within your sector. New members to a team can benefit from having a quick reference guide to the services they can use, and as a means of developing their networks.


Pilot Darwin Homelessness Response Group (HRG)

This project aims to pilot and demonstrate a collaborative multi service model of coordinated support to benefit clients who are homeless or at risk of homelessness – many of whom have severe and persistentmental ill-health, with ‘wrap around’ support.


Bridging Yolngu Mental Health Literacy Gaps

The organisation has a track record of creating highly contextualised and well researched resources in this field, and through this resource hopes to articulate what the ‘both-ways’ approach looks like in practice.


Trauma Informed Education

The project aimed to increase understanding of the impact trauma has on individuals, and the behaviours that they may present with as a consequence of those experiences. The project also aimed to increase understanding of the potential vicarious impact on staff and carers when supporting individuals effected by trauma.


Developing Traditional and Trauma Informed Care for local people with complex mental health needs

Services providing support to Aboriginal people with severe and persistent mental ill-health can benefit by having a greater understanding of the history and lived experience of traditional owners in their region.