The international impact of  recovery framed, evidence based practice has underpinned significant policy changes shaping the delivery of public mental health services. The new Victorian Mental Health Act (2014),  underpinned by national guidelines developed by federal government, provides the future framework for service delivery by Area Mental Health Services (AMHS).

AMHS providers comply with nationally developed Service and Practice guidelines in developing models of service delivery. The focus on recovery principles poses a challenge to existing practice and cultural standards. Best practice principals identified in successful psychotherapeutic intervention highlight a strong therapeutic alliance as a key indictor of successful treatment outcomes. These principles remain relevant in the new directions in service delivery under recovery focused delivery models.