Eastern Mental Health Service Coordination Alliance (EMHSCA)

Originally funded by the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), EMHSCA has been funded in partnership by various members since 2012. For the period 2018 to 2021, EMHSCA is co-funded by DHHS, the Eastern Melbourne PHN and Eastern Health. Member organisations provide their time and resources in-kind to the functioning of EMHSCA.

“Creating opportunities to work with multi-sectoral partners”

The Eastern Mental Health Service Coordination Alliance (EMHSCA) was formed more than a decade ago with the aim of supporting the delivery of more accessible, appropriate and coordinated services to improve the experience of mental health consumers, carers and practitioners. This Mental Health focused Alliance has expanded to include a wide range of regional health and community service partners, to support a broader focus on mental health service coordination and integration across the service system.

The Alliance commenced strategic planning in 2013 following the “Collective Impact” workshop conducted by Dawn O’Neil. Since this time members have been surveyed to identify the common and shared agenda items that become the focus of EMHSCA’s strategic direction. The EMHSCA partnership is supported by a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) signed in 3 year cycles. The current MOU is due for renewal by the end of June 2022

Twenty-six (26) organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and have agreed to collaborate in order to provide a more seamless and integrated response to people with co occurring mental health and other issues. They provide governance and expert strategic direction for Mental Health service coordination across Inner- and Outer- Eastern Melbourne, ensuring consumers and their carers are central to the process.

The Eastern Mental Health Service Coordination Alliance (EMHSCA) includes representatives from the following service providers:

  • Access Health and Community
  • Anglicare
  • Australian Government Department of Human Services
  • Campbell-Page
  • Carrington Health
  • Department of Health & Human Services – Eastern Region
  • Dual Diagnosis Consumer and Carer Advisory Council & Working Group
  • EACH
  • Eastern Community Legal Centre
  • Eastern Health Mental Health Services – Adult Aged, and Child and Youth
  • Eastern Health Turning Point
  • Eastern Homelessness Service System Alliance
  • Eastern Melbourne PHN
  • EMR Regional Family Violence Partnership
  • EMR Dual Diagnosis Response
  • Foundation House
  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)
  • Inner East Primary Care Partnership
  • Inspiro
  • JobCo
  • Knox City Council
  • Latrobe Community Health Service
  • Link Health and Community
  • Maroondah City Council
  • Mentis Assist
  • MIND Australia
  • Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place
  • NEAMI National
  • Outer East Primary Care Partnership
  • Salvocare Eastern
  • Uniting Prahran
  • Wellways
  • Whitehorse City Council
  • Wise Employment
  • YSAS

Please contact the EMHSCA Coordinator if you would like further information about EMHSCA.

Email: bronwyn.williams@easternhealth.org.au

Phone: 0434 608 544

EMHSCA embraces diversity

EMHSCA welcomes and celebrates diversity, as we reflect the variety of cultures and communities we serve. Our Alliance strives for true collaborative practice and a spirit of inclusivity for all. EMHSCA recognises that poorer health outcomes are associated with experiences of discrimination and marginalisation. EMHSCA challenges inequities in the development and delivery of health and community services.

Acknowledgement of country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land upon which we are meeting, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, and pay our respects to their elders past and present and to Aboriginal people present here today.

Recognition of Lived Experience

EMHSCA recognises those individuals and their supporters who have a lived experience of mental ill health and the important contribution that they make to the development and delivery of health and community services.