Mental Health Services
Sydney North Health Network has adopted a stepped care approach to the delivery of mental health services in the region. Stepped care is a system that allows interventions to be matched to the individual needs of each person, from least to most intensive. By allowing people to move between services depending on their needs, people can access the right care at the right time.
The vision of SNHN’s stepped care plan is to create an integrated mental health system that provides efficient and streamlined access to the most appropriate level and type of treatment for users of the service, whilst providing support to general practice and the wider mental health sector to navigate this system efficiently and effectively.
SNHN’s mental health triage team is able to support General Practitioners, other providers and community members to understand the most appropriate level of treatment for each individual. This will allow people to enter the system at the ‘step’ that is most appropriate for them.
If you would the SNHN Mental Health Triage Team to visit your practice/organisation to deliver a Stepped Care education session to your staff, please email Robby Fullerton at email@example.com.
Black Dog Stepped Care assessment
Black Dog are working with the PHN to provide a mental health assessment tool accessible via tablets delivered and installed at GP practices.
GPs are advised to recommend internet self-help treatments for people with mild and moderate symptoms, together with face to face psychological services and/or antidepressant medication for people with moderate symptoms, and psychological or psychiatric services and/or antidepressant medication for people with severe symptoms. The use of advanced online technologies allows online screening of patients, immediate online transmission of patient results to GP software, and online monitoring of patient symptoms with automated GP alerts as required.
- Identify: Patients are assessed via screening measures on a mobile tablet in the waiting room to identify mild, moderate and severe levels of anxiety and/or depression (as well as alcohol misuse).
- Recommend: Immediate feedback is provided to the patient on the mobile tablet and immediate evidenced based recommendations according to symptom severity are sent to the GP’s software via a secure messaging service.
- Monitor: Patients complete fortnightly online monitoring for 18 weeks. Regular feedback is sent online to patients and GPs to inform review and stepping up as required. Feedback is also sent to GPs notifying them if their patient does not follow through with on-line treatment recommendations.
Expression of Interest Black Dog Institute StepCare Service
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Mental Health Services
The Alcohol and Other Drugs Programme (AOD) supports people who are experiencing health difficulties because of drug and or alcohol disorders. SDECC, Odyssey House Community Service & ACON provide AOD counselling and support services across a variety of locations in Northern Sydney.