Within Australia to Deliver Psychological Support Services Across Gippsland

Gippsland Primary Health Network is investing more than $1 million in the delivery of psychosocial support services to adults living with mental health conditions across the region.

Gippsland-wide organisation ‘within Australia’ has been awarded the contract to deliver the National Psychosocial Support Measure (NPSM) program in Latrobe, Baw Baw, Bass Coast, South Gippsland, Wellington and East Gippsland. Importantly, it will include remote areas.

Formerly SNAP Gippsland, the organisation, ‘within Australia’, delivers accessible programs and services that help people achieve optimal health and wellbeing by being better able to respond to challenges they face daily.

Gippsland PHN Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch, said the program targeted adults with a reduced psychosocial functional capacity.

“These adults are experiencing mental health conditions and require short term psychosocial support,” Ms Proposch said. “The program provides support to people with mental illness and associated psychosocial functional impairment, who do not satisfy National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) eligibility requirements. It will also improve access to psychosocial support services in Gippsland. This service is intended as a step-up to or step-down from other mental health services and forms an essential component of our Stepped Mental Health Model which is currently being co-designed.”

Ms Proposch said this important psychosocial program will improve the capacity for participants to function more independently.

“We will ensure the services are delivered in a culturally appropriate manner and provide links within a stepped approach to ensure people are matched to a service commensurate with their mental health needs.”

‘Within Australia’ has been a leader in the delivery of community managed mental health and wellbeing services since 1992. In 2016, it changed its name from SNAP Gippsland to ‘within Australia’ to reflect its commitment to providing “innovative people-centred services” that help people achieve better outcomes.

The organisation believes mental illness should not preclude a person from leading a meaningful and fulfilling life, based on their individual values and goals.

Ms Proposch said she looked forward to Gippsland PHN working with ‘within Australia’ over the next three years.

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For more information, contact Gippsland PHN Manager Communications, Jade Sarna, on 0428 091 517 or email Jade.Sarna@gphn.org.au