The Stepped Care for Older Adults (SCOA) pilot program at Merri Health began its service delivery on 23 October 2019 and is now accepting referrals. The areas of cover include Moreland, Darebin, Brimbank, and Melton.
SCOA is a free service providing mental and physical health support for older adults aged 65 years and over (or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people). The older person may be experiencing anxiety and/or depressive symptoms, social isolation or other psychosocial stressors, physical mobility issues impacting on their mental health, be at risk of developing mental illness, or currently have a mild to moderate mental illness.
SCOA work to assist the GP to support the older person’s mental health to promote mental and physical wellbeing. The program consists of a triage service, allied health assessments, and evidence-based person-centred interventions, which promote social connectedness, in line with recovery-orientated principles. Weekly case conferencing ensures that the older adult is actively monitored throughout their Stepped Care journey.
SCOA is funded by North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network.
Download referral form (.pdf, 94KB)
Contact for written referrals:
Fax : (03) 9495 2599
Contact for enquiries: Clinical Triage
Phone: (03) 8319 7450
Merri Health website
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