Media Release: EACH announced for Youth Enhanced Mental Health services in the EMPHN catchment

Media Release: EACH announced for Youth Enhanced Mental Health services in the EMPHN catchment

21 July, 2023

Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN) announced today it has awarded the contract to deliver Youth Enhanced Services across their catchment to EACH. EACH will transition the service from the existing providers from Monday 4 September and begin service delivery from Monday 2 October.

Youth Enhanced Services provide critical mental health support and treatment to young people aged 12 - 25 years and their families/carers. It is a critical service for people who, at the time of referral, do not meet the criteria for tertiary mental health care, but need more tailored care than what is available from primary health services, and who are at risk of deteriorating mental health that may require tertiary services in the future.

As a major provider of a range of mental health services, including several headspace centres, EACH understands the prevalence of mental illness in the community and is delighted to have the opportunity to provide this vital service.

EMPHN would like to take the opportunity to thank Eastern Health and Neami National for providing service to the community since 2017.

EMPHN CEO Janine Wilson said:

“We are delighted to be working with EACH to deliver this important service to the most at-risk young people in our catchment. This service offers crucial support to those most in need and complements supports that are already available to young people.”

EACH CEO Natalie Sullivan said:

“We’re pleased to be delivering this essential service which bridges a service gap for young people who are experiencing severe mental illness. We know that most severe mental health problems emerge before the age of 25, so early intervention is key to keeping young people out of hospital and addressing potentially lifelong mental ill-health”.

About EACH:

EACH has provided health and support services that improve lives and strengthen communities for almost 50 years. With 1,700 staff across Victoria, NSW, ACT and Queensland in primary health care, mental health and counselling, child, youth and family services, older adults and NDIS, our vision is that everyone has the power to live well. Learn more at