What we do?
We partner with health professionals, consumers and carers to scope the gaps in the mental health, alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and suicide prevention sectors, identify emerging community needs and purchase services that address our region's needs.
How do we do this?
Regional Integrated Mental Health, AOD and Suicide Prevention Plan
Primary Health Networks have been tasked with the development of a Regional Integrated Mental Health, AOD and Suicide Prevention Plan. Developed in partnership with Local Hospital Networks and other key stakeholders in the region, the Regional Plan aims to support more integrated service delivery pathways that are targeted to consumers' needs across mental health, AOD and suicide prevention.
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Mental Health Stepped Care Model
Our mental health services will be delivered through a Mental Health Stepped Care Model; a service delivery framework tailored to consumer needs that all Primary Health Networks are mandated to develop and implement.
The Model is part of the Australian Government’s response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services.
Alcohol and other drugs
We're developing of a new model of care for AOD services in the region. We are consulting with stakeholders and people with lived experience to inform commissioning of new community services.
We're delivering place-based suicide prevention activities in trial sites of Whittlesea and Maroondah.
We have funded Neami National to deliver a new suicide prevention and support after bereavement service called LifeConnect – Suicide Prevention and Support After Suicide.
Psychosocial Support Service
The Psychosocial Support Service will ensure that people with severe mental illness who are not currently eligible for the NDIS, continue to receive the support they need.
Neami National will work with us to provide the practical help and community connections that people with severe mental illness need for ongoing support. These supports are flexible and based on an individual’s needs at any one time. They may include daily living support, employment, coordinating service and more.
Manager, System Redesign and Service Transition, Mental Health and AOD:
Manager, Service Implementation, Mental Health and AOD: