Background

In response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Services and Programs (2015), significant work is being undertaken by Western Victorian Primary Health Network (Western Victoria PHN) to progress mental health reforms that will provide our region with greater flexibility and improved clinical care coordination for people with severe and complex mental illness.

In particular, Western Victoria PHN will commission services for people with severe and complex mental illness with these services to commence on 1 July 2018. These services will replace the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP).

Treatment services for people with severe and complex mental illness will be designed in close consultation with key stakeholders in each local region of western Victoria. The design process will prioritise those people most in need of coordinated care and ongoing treatment who do not have other appropriate service choices.

The commissioning of services for people with severe and complex mental illness will occur concurrently with the development of a mental health stepped care model for the Western Victoria region. The stepped care model aims to improve service responsiveness across the mental health continuum in primary care, including services for people with severe and complex forms of mental illness, through the delivery of more flexible and innovative service approaches.

To read more about Western Victoria PHN’s consultations on a stepped care model, please visit our website at: https://www.westvicphn.com.au/commissioning/mental-health-stepped-care.

The model will also be developed to ensure existing primary and mental health services funded by Western Victoria Primary Health Network as well as the Australian and State Governments are taken into consideration and integrated effectively to provide a seamless, flexible and innovative mental health service system for our region.

For further detail on this initiative, please read our context paper.

Consultations

To support design of the model, Western Victoria Primary Health Network has engaged consultants Urbis to facilitate a number of consultations across the region.

Separate consultations will be held in each sub-region of Western Victoria (Geelong Otway, Ballarat Goldfields, Wimmera Grampians and Great South Coast).

Severe and Complex Mental Illness Consultations

The focus of these sessions will be on the role of service providers in delivering services to people with severe and complex mental illness in the context of the new resourcing environment.

Locations Date Venue   Registration   Session time RSVP date
Horsham Wednesday 29 November 2017 Horsham Golf Club
304 Golf Course Rd, Horsham 
8.45am 9am - 10.30am Tuesday 21 November 2017
Warrnambool  Wednesday 29 November 2017 Western Victoria PHN
24-36 Fairy St, Warrnambool
8.45am 9am - 10.30am Tuesday 21 November 2017
Ballarat Thursday 30 November 2017   Western Victoria PHN
101 Drummond St Nth, Ballarat
11.15am 11.30am - 1pm  Wednesday 22 November 2017
Geelong Thursday 30 November 2017 Western Victoria PHN
131 Myers St, Geelong
11.15am 11.30am - 1pm Wednesday 22 November 2017

RSVP’s to info@westvicphn.com.au or 03 5222 0800.

Online consultation

Stakeholders and interested community members unable to attend any of the above sessions are encouraged to take part in an online consultation process. Please see this Consultation paper and online portal for the submission of feedback.

Further information

Michael Struth
Senior Manager Mental Health
03 5564 5819