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Recommissioning primary mental health services

Improving mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drug treatment services for the Brisbane south region

Brisbane South PHN has been working in partnership with Metro South Health, Children’s Health Queensland and Queensland Health to develop a new regional strategy that guides the way we commission mental health, suicide prevention, and alcohol and other drug treatment services.

As an outcome of the strategy Brisbane South PHN has worked with service providers, people with lived experience and their closest supporters, general community members and government agencies to co-design an improved service model for mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drug treatment services and supports in Brisbane south.

One issue we’ve heard is that the system is fragmented and there doesn’t seem to be a front door people can access to get the services they need. We also know that the system is strongly geared towards a crisis response and eligibility framework that isn’t meeting people’s needs.

To respond to these issues, we are aiming to move towards a system that:

  • connects people to the right services at the right time
  • ensures providers work collaboratively with each other and the people they service
  • ensures services are better connected
  • sees people and their families informed, respected and supported at every stage of the journey.

Brisbane South PHN will recommission mental health, suicide prevention, and alcohol and other drug treatment services from July 2019 onwards. The recommissioning process will be based on a new service model that has been co-designed with people who have lived experience of mental health issues, including those who identify within priority population groups, people who have experience supporting someone through a mental health journey, service providers and General Practitioners (GPs).

Should you have any questions about this project, please contact Ian Purcell, Brisbane South PHN Program Development Manager – Commissioned Programs, by emailing ipurcell@bsphn.org.au or by phone on 07 3864 7569.

Please find the most current information regarding the recommissioning effort via the links below.

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