As part of the Australian Government Response to the review of Mental Health Programs and Services Low intensity Mental Health Services are one of six key areas of primary mental health care aiming to:

  • improve targeting of interventions by increasing the range of options available to people with mental illness
  • commission effective low intensity services for people with mild mental illness, making optimal use of workforce, and providing alternative to digital services for some
  • provide low cost, low intensity services that have been proven effective in providing early intervention to people with mild illness or at risk of mental illness.

Gippsland PHN have worked with Department of Health and Human Services, the Latrobe Valley Authority and the community to highlight the needs within Heyfield, Maffra and Stratford areas. Due to the recent stressor of the uncertainty around the Heyfield Timber Mill, within Australia have been provided with $130,000.00 to deliver a one year pilot program that will support the community.

Gippsland PHN has worked with existing mental health organizations and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to complete a needs assessment and service mapping exercise. From this process a number of needs were identified although the primary priority has been identified as providing low intensity mental health services to the communities of Heyfield, Maffra and Stratford as a one year pilot project.

Quick Steps to Recovery

within Australia will provide an early intervention mental health service that aims to work with people who are feeling unwell, uneasy about their work situation or are starting to struggle with day to day activities, who may not be eligible for a mental health plan.

Quick Steps to Recovery is intended to provide a brief intervention, allowing people to move on in their lives. If someone requires more support, a referral will be made to a more appropriate service.

The Recovery Facilitator will assist people to identify their needs in relation to their mental health, and help for a plan utilising the strengths and resources for the person to action desired goals.

Who can access this service?

Anyone who is 16+ who lives in the Heyfield, Maffra and Stratford local government areas.

The service is free and open to anyone who wants to self-refer or is referred by a support service.

Program Location

Heyfield, Maffra and Stratford local government areas.

Referrals and client intake

For further information on these programs within Gippsland PHN please contact Shane Wilson, Mental Health & AOD Program Officer on shane.wilson@gphn.org.au or 03 51262899.