Mental Health


Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services

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Program Purpose

Stepped Care

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 Sarah Moore at smoore@snhn.org.au.

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.

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  • Healthy Minds is a free digital coach for anxiety and depression.

PCCS, Lifeline and New Vision Psychology provide short-term psychological services for people from underserviced groups. To refer call the Mental Health Triage on 1300 782 391.

The Parramatta Mission Warrekila service provides psychological services for people over 18yrs. The Karrikin service provides clinical case management, psychological interventions and psychiatry services for young people aged 12-25 years.

Specialty 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.

headspace, PCCS, Butterfly Foundation and Parramatta Mission provide mental health services for young people of various ages.

The Caber-ra-nanga ENGAGE service provides culturally appropriate service coordination to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. To refer call the Mental Health Triage on 1300 782 391.

CCNB provides The Way Back, a tailored aftercare support service for people following a suicide attempt or who are experiencing a suicidal crisis. To refer, call CCNB on 1300 000 125 or the Mental Health Triage on 1300 782 391.

To see the complete list of available services CLICK HERE.

We host CPD Education Events for GPs, Practice Staff and Allied Health Providers throughout the year.

A free service for GPs to help manage the care of mental health consumers, providing advice on diagnosis, investigation, medication and safety plan.