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New National Psychosocial Support Service

Prior to the establishment of the NDIS, the Commonwealth Government funded services for people living with psychosocial disability through community service organisations with the following programs in Gippsland:

Partners in Recovery (PIR) – commissioned through Gippsland PHN

Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) – commissioned directly by the Commonwealth

These programs ceased on 30 June 2019 and Gippsland Primary Health Network is working with its service providers to provide support with the transition.

The Australian Government announced purpose specific national funding of $121.29 million over 12 months from 1 July 2019 to support the transition of Commonwealth community mental health consumers to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) or Continuity of Support (CoS).

Participants of those programs, who are not more appropriately funded through the NDIS will continue to be supported by their existing PIR and PHaMs provider until they transition to the new National Psychosocial Support Service delivered by Wellways (Baw Baw, Bass Coast, Yarram, Latrobe City) and Within Australia (South Gippsland, Latrobe City, Wellington and East Gippsland).

“We are pleased to support the Department of Health in their commitment to delivering the National Psychosocial Support Measure program across Gippsland.” Says Amanda Proposch, Chief Executive Officer, Gippsland PHN. “Our work will focus on supporting services who in partnership with families, carers and clients facilitate targeted support with individuals to achieve their recovery goals.”

The funding will ensure Commonwealth community mental health consumers from PIR and PHaMs receive appropriate levels of support as they test eligibility for supports under the NDIS and transition to ongoing arrangements either through the NDIS or CoS. Testing eligibility for supports under the NDIS will be the best way for people to access ongoing support to meet their needs.

Gippsland PHN is developing a suite of resources for service providers, support staff, carers and clients. If you require immediate support or further information, please email communications@gphn.org.au