$600,000 to deliver mental health group therapy sessions in Melbourne's east and north east

15 August, 2017

Eastern Melbourne PHN
(EMPHN) has provided $600,000 funding to Eastern Access Community Health (EACH) to provide group therapy sessions, predominantly to people with or at risk of mild to moderate mental health disorders.

Eastern Melbourne PHN (EMPHN) CEO, Robin Whyte, said group therapy offers an approachable option for people with low to moderate mental health issues.

“Some clients can really benefit from group therapy as part of their mental health treatment,” she said.

“These small groups of six to 10 people will offer participants a safe and supportive environment to share their experiences with others who are going through similar issues as part of their journey to improved mental health.”

EACH Senior Manager, Richard Lough, said group therapy focuses on developing and applying psychological skills, particularly for times in an individual’s life when multiple challenges and stresses surface.

“The groups aim to promote good mental health across the lifespan and will be tailored to children, young people, adults, and older adults,” he said.

“Importantly, these groups will also be delivered from different accessible locations across the region.”

The operating model keeps GPs at the centre of care and ensures good clinical governance.

This service is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the PHN Program.

EMPHN works to improve the wellbeing of its community, particularly for those at risk of poor health outcomes, by improving coordination of care and ensuring patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time. EMPHN works across an area of 3,956 km² comprising a population of more than 1.5 million people. www.emphn.org.au 

For media inquiries:
Ellie Cope, EMPHN Communications Officer
ellie.cope@emphn.org.au 9046 0316