The Australian Government has funded primary health networks (PHNs) to plan for, and commission, primary mental health since 1 July 2016.
Our PHN has localised the Australian Government’s stepped care approach by developing a mental health system of care for people who live in our region. We are working with GPs, psychologists, nurses, allied health providers, mental health services, consumers and carers to continually improve and integrate this model of mental health care. It reflects local needs and focuses on safe, effective, quality mental health care service delivery.
However, we know that most people don’t really care who funds or delivers a service. They just want the best possible care.
So, GPs and other health and community service professionals can refer anyone experiencing mental ill health to our mental health referral and access team. Our clinicians review referrals and allocate them to the most clinically appropriate service – no matter who funds or provides it.