Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) is pleased to invite organisations currently delivering services in the Great South Coast coordinate mental health nursing services for older people socially isolated by the impact of COVID-19.
By building on or extending existing mental health services in the region, the Older Australians Initiative is intended to target people over 65 (or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 55) living in the community who are experiencing social isolation and/or loneliness as a result of the pandemic and who are at risk of, or have, mental health problems. This includes older carers of people with mental or physical health problems who are also likely to have lost access to normal social support networks. Mental health nurses have been identified as the priority workforce for this initiative.
The objectives of the Older Australians Initiative are to:
- Promote and coordinate connections to services and supports in the region for socially isolated older people;
- Improve access to physical and mental health services for isolated older people with mental health problems, including those who may have experienced service disruption.
Funding of up to $152,437 (exclusive of GST) will be allocated to the successful supplier assessed as best meeting the selection criteria to deliver the Older Australians Initiative in the Great South Coast sub-region of the WVPHN catchment.
How to register
Please watch this Procurement Overview video for a detailed explanation of WVPHN’s procurement process: