The Australian Government Department of Health have undertaken reforms within the Mental Health sector in recent years. As a result of this reform agenda, PHNs are expected to plan, develop, and implement services which address  six priority areas of focus within a  stepped care approach

The ACT PHN has taken an integrated approach to the development of programs and service that fall within the six priority areas below, which have been identified by the Australian Government, Department of Health:

  1. Appropriately support people with or at risk of mild to moderate mental illness through the development and implementation of low intensity mental health services;
  2. Support region specific, cross sectoral approaches for children and young people with, or at risk of mental illness, including those with severe mental illness being managed in primary care;
  3. Address service gaps in the provision of psychological therapies for people from under-serviced  population groups
  4. Commission primary mental health care services for people with severe mental illness being managed in primary care, including clinical care coordination for people with severe and complex mental illness;
  5. Encourage and promote a regional approach to suicide prevention; and
  6. Enhance and better integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health services at a local level.

For further informaiton about Primary Mental Health reform activities please visit the Primary Mental Health Reform Activity site.