Gippsland PHN in conjunction with commissioned partners, delivers a range of primary mental health care programs, aligned to the stepped model of mental health.
In 2014 the National Mental Health Commission undertook a review of Commonwealth programmes and services across the government, non-government and private sectors. The review was released in June 2015 and highlighted the existing complexity, inefficiency and fragmentation of the mental health system.
It recommended three components to improve the longer term sustainability of the mental health system. These include:
- Person-centred design principles
- A new system architecture
- Shifting funding to more efficient and effective upstream services and supports
The National Mental Health Commission’s Review outlined 25 recommendations across nine interconnected areas of reform. Two areas of reform specific to Primary Health Networks:
- Locally planned and commissioned mental health services through Primary Health Networks
- Refocusing primary mental healthcare programs and services to support a stepped care model (see below diagram)