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A snapshot of our mental health commissioning

Our commissioning of mental health services has accelerated since 2015–16, increasing in value from less than $4 million to almost $16 million in 2018–19.

This snapshot summarises our mental health funding (with most figures to 2017–18) and shows the diverse range of providers and services that are helping us improve mental health care in the region.

Value of NWMPHN mental health commissioning, 2015–16 to 2018–19

Top 10 funded mental health agencies (by contract value)

Of the $15 million of commissioned mental health services for the region in the 2017–18 financial year, $9.5 million was commissioned to the following 10 agencies. In total, 80,000 services were delivered to people in our region in this period through our mental health commissioning.

Commissioned activities of the top three funded agencies


Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, is a leading research organisation with a strong focus on advocacy and education to improve the mental health of young Australians.

Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS)

YSAS is a leading youth health agency that enables young people experiencing serious disadvantage to access resources and support to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS)

VAHS was established in 1973 to address the specific medical needs of Victorian indigenous communities. The organisation has expanded steadily over the past 40 years to provide a comprehensive range of medical, dental and social services for the community.

Funding by target population (from top 10 funded agencies)

Report compiled 27 November 2018.