Examples of our work: Evidence Collection – Consultation

Services to People with Severe and Complex Mental Illness by PHN: Case Study Project – College of Mental Health Nurses

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses engaged HMA to undertake the Services to People with Severe and Complex Mental Illness by PHN: Case Study Project. The project aimed to understand models of care for people with severe and complex mental illness that are supported by Primary Health Network (PHN) commissioned agencies. In addition, the project described the employment arrangements applying to Mental Health Nurses (MHNs) working within programs funded by PHNs. The project produced seven case studies throughout Australia and developed recommendations on how PHNs could encourage MHNs to expand their practice to a primary care environment. Key tasks included:

  • situation analysis of the need for mental health nurses in primacy health care environment
  • online survey of PHNs and MHNs regarding commissioning arrangements and employment barriers in the primary health sector, and
  • case study of seven PHNs across Australia including consultation with PHN executives and program managers, commissioned service providers, MHNs, and the local public acute mental health services.

This project was completed in April 2019.


Profiling of Regional Cancer Services – Cancer Australia

This project aimed to inform nationally consistent approaches to best practice cancer care in Australia and to guide future health service planning. Cancer Australia engaged HMA to map the status of cancer services including tumour types, treatments and referrals provided by regional cancer services and identify how each networked service was delineated in its state and territory’s hospital framework.

The project included national surveys of both infrastructure available in regional cancer services for treating and diagnosing cancer patients, as well as current referral pathways.

Recognising the value of the data collected, Cancer Australia requested HMA to undertake an extensive review and quality assurance process. This involved detailed consultation with each jurisdiction to obtain feedback on survey results. As a result, Cancer Australia had for the first time ever a comprehensive description of the infrastructure, available support, cancer diagnosis and treatment in Australia’s 34 regional cancer services funded by the Commonwealth. This provided a comprehensive database to inform regional cancer service planning.

The project was completed in July 2015.