Publication Details

Williams K, Kobel C, Westera A, O’Shea P, Rahman M, Morris D and Thompson C (2021) Pathways to Community Living Initiative – Final Evaluation Report. Centre for Health Service Development, Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Wollongong.


The Pathways to Community Living Initiative (PCLI) is a major mental health reform program led by the NSW Ministry of Health (‘the Ministry’) in collaboration with NSW Local Health Districts (LHDs). It is a key component of the whole- of-government enhancement of mental health care under the NSW Mental Health Reform 2014-2024. The PCLI represents a transformational change in the care of people with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and complex needs who are, or are at risk of becoming, long-stay inpatients in NSW hospitals.

This is PCLI Evaluation Report 7, the final report of the independent evaluation conducted by the Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong, between January 2017 and October 2021. The report presents the summative findings of the mixed methods evaluation activities and formative information to guide continuing reform within mental health services.