Review of Mental and Social Health Programs

Project Type - Mental health


Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) appointed Health Outcomes International (HOI) in January 2017 to review mental and social health investments, and develop a national framework for future investments in mental and social health.


The primary objective of the project was to develop a National Framework that will provide both transparency and simplify decision-making concerning DVA’s mental and social health investments through a nationally consistent framework for assessment and action.


The development of the National Framework for Assessment and Action and the review of current programs involved undertaking the following processes:

  1. Conducting a desktop review of existing documentation. 
  2. Assessment of previous program reviews undertaken. 
  3. Consultation with nominated representatives of the Mental and Social Health Branch
  4. Development of the national framework and underpinning principles supported by a Toolkit od resources including a Business Logic and evaluation framework template.
  5. Review of mental and social health programs and testing of  the proposed national framework.


HOI produced a National Framework and associated templates and tools to assist the Mental and Social Health Branch select appropriate future health promotion programs.