Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) seeks to hear from people throughout the Geelong region on their experiences with mental health services as we work to developing a new Adult Mental Health Centre.
WVPHN is currently compiling stories received from people with lived experience, carers and health and support professionals as part of the initial work to develop the Adult Mental Health Centre (AMHC), to be opened in Corio later this year.
The Geelong AMHC is one of eight centres to be trialled in Australia as part of a $114.5 million funding commitment from the Commonwealth Government. It will also be the first centre of its type established in Victoria and will offer an entry point for adults to access mental health information, services and supports.
WVPHN CEO Rowena Clift said the work of the primary health network was to develop the new centre in liaison with the community and health providers.
“This is an important opportunity for the people of Geelong to help create a mental health support centre for adults that focuses specifically on local needs,” Ms Clift said.
“People wanting to share their stories can do so via our online engagement website: www.meetingplacewestvicphn.com.au. People can choose to submit their experience, fill out a survey, participate in a discussion forum or register to be interviewed by phone,” she said.
“The AMHC will not duplicate or replace existing services. Instead, it will work alongside other services to ensure people aged 18 to 65 years have access to the right mental health support.”
WVPHN will continue inviting community involvement during the planning and development stages of the new centre including feedback on proposed recommendations for how the services at the centre will be designed and delivered.
“I strongly encourage anyone wanting to participate in the development of this vital new service to get in contact with Western Victoria PHN and register your interest,” said Ms Clift.
The AMHC will also be guided by outcomes from the Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan and the Geelong Suicide Prevention initiative to offer a comprehensive approach to community health and well-being at all stages of a person’s life.