New mental health hubs for Victoria during the pandemic

A woman talking with a psychologist.
  24 August 2020  NWMPHN   

On 17 August 2020, the Australian Government announced $26.9 million of new funding to establish 15 dedicated mental health clinics (hubs) across Victoria to increase support for Victorians during the pandemic.

In the past week, Victoria’s six Primary Health Networks have rapidly mobilised, launching a collaborative effort to get these new mental health services operating as quickly as possible.

Three of the 15 hubs will be in North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network’s region. There will be nine Melbourne metropolitan hubs in total and another six hubs in regional Victoria.

The hubs will:

  • Give Victorians access to multidisciplinary teams of mental health workers, including psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers, and alcohol and drug workers to provide extra support during the pandemic.
  • Be located in existing GP clinics or other community health sites.
  • Provide on-site mental health support with referrals to more intensive care or social supports if needed.

We know mental health issues don’t discriminate, therefore services are planned to support all in our community, from young people to older people, many who have never before experienced mental ill-health and are facing escalating challenges due to the pandemic.

We are working with the Victorian and Australian governments, the other Victorian PHNs, the Victorian Mental Health Taskforce and other stakeholders to identify the most suitable locations. This is where the mental health need is greatest and there is capacity to get these hubs up and running safely and quickly.

Where people find it difficult to physically visit the hubs, care will be provided through telehealth and other online contact.

How do I stay informed of progress?

Subscribe to our updates and follow us on Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

What services are available in the meantime?

The following hotlines provide urgent assistance:

If you don’t feel like you can call any of the above services, you can also:

  • Talk to someone you trust
  • Contact your GP, a counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist

In an emergency call 000 or visit a hospital emergency department.

Media enquiries:

Mary-Anne Toy
P: 0438 356 312