Policies, plans and standards guiding mental health services

South Australia’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy 2010-15

South Australia’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy recognises that good mental health and wellbeing depends on a wide range of factors. 

A holistic, whole of community approach is essential to prevent and reduce the impacts of mental illness and help people who are experiencing mental illness achieve their recovery goals. 

As a result, the policy emphasises the importance of promoting and developing environments, relationships and services, which promote and sustain good mental health and facilitate the recovery journey for everyone who experiences mental illness. 

The development of this policy is based on an understanding that feeling positive about life and being able to deal with the challenges and difficulties we face is important to everyone in our community.


South Australian mental health service planning is guided by the:

Draft electroconvulsive therapy guidelines and standard for consultation

Two new draft policy guidelines on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) have been developed by the SA Health Office of the Chief Psychiatrist and are now available for public consultation.

Please refer to our consultation page for information about submitting feedback.

The period for feedback closes on 24 December 2013.

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