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Mental health

Brisbane South PHN commissions a number of services for people experiencing all different levels of mental health issues. Our services fit within what we call a ‘stepped care model’, ranging from mild depression and anxiety through to severe, complex or crisis mental illness.


Brisbane South PHN commissioned services in our region

Low intensity mental health services

Service description

Low intensity mental health services aim to increase community access to evidence-based psychological interventions for people with, or at risk of, mild mental health illness; and to improve outcomes for these people.

Service providers


Artius has a wealth of experience in the delivery of mental health services across South East Queensland and aim to help people, businesses and communities to reach their potential. Artius offer a wide range of services from physiotherapy, psychology, employee assistance programs, manual handling courses, job search support, resume development, vocational training and much more.

Artius is commissioned by Brisbane South PHN to deliver low intensity psychological services across the whole region for the wider community. The program is provided in a mix of ways including: telephone and email support, peer training and education, online forums, digital resources, group sessions, one on one sessions, E Health interventions and video-conferencing depending on the needs of the individual.

Website: www.artius.com.au

Belong (formerly known as Acacia Ridge Community Support Inc.)

Established in 1989, Belong (formerly known as Acacia Ridge Community Support Inc.) is a not-for-profit community-based organisation that provides services and support to families, individuals and communities in a safe and respectful environment, delivering a range of programs and services in response to identified local needs and aspirations.

Belong is commissioned by Brisbane South PHN to deliver the beyondblue’s NewAccess program supporting people from the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community experiencing mild to moderate depression or anxiety through low intensity cognitive-behavioural therapy. The program model involves 6 free sessions with a NewAccess Coach, either face-to-face, over the phone or via telehealth.

Website: www.arcsi.org.au

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a mental health diagnosis, or GP referral to access this program. This program could offer you some support if you have been feeling stressed, unhappy, anxious or going through a rough patch in your life.

Child and youth mental health services


Brisbane South PHN has commissioned headspace to provide mental health support services for 12-25 year olds and assist in promoting young people’s wellbeing.

This covers four core areas; mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.

Service providers

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to improve mental health outcomes for young people aged 12-25 years with or at risk of mild to moderate mental illness. headspace centres aim to be highly accessible, youth friendly integrated service hubs that respond, at a minimum, to mental health, general health, alcohol and other drug and vocational concerns of young people. The services aim to improve mental health outcomes by reducing help-seeking barriers and facilitating early access to services that meet the holistic needs of young people.

Early Psychosis Youth Services

From 1 July 2016 Brisbane South PHN assumed responsibility for commissioning the Early Psychosis Youth Services (EPYS) program through headspace Meadowbrook. The service is delivered through the headspace primary care platform, are known as the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program (hYEPP).

The EPYS program provides integrated early intervention treatment and intensive support to young people aged 12 to 25 years who are at ultra high risk of, or are experiencing, a first episode psychosis. This program aims to provide a single point of entry for comprehensive evidence based treatment and support, as well as ease of access to varying levels of intensity of care for young people and their families, replacing often fragmented treatment and support pathways.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Program

Brisbane South PHN have committed to deliver an Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Program, currently being delivered through headspace Inala and headspace Meadowbrook in the form of the UHELP program.

The UHELP program is designed to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in a culturally appropriate way.  With the primary focus on physical, social and emotional wellbeing activities through a three tiered holistic group program. It also aimed to engage young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in need of mental health intervention into a health care service using established relationships. The program is built on a partnership with local community Elders and services.

Am I eligible?

Anyone aged 12 to 25 years is eligible to use the headspace services.

Do I need a referral?

You can self refer or be referred via your doctor.

Brisbane South PHN Commisioned Service Providers

Accessing headspace services

Brisbane South PHN works closely with the headspace national office and directly funds four headspace centres in the Brisbane south region. They include:

headspace Capalaba
1/29-37 Moreton Bay Road, Capalaba Qld 4157
P: 1300 851 274 F: 07 3102 9218

headspace Inala PCYC Inala
37 Swallow Street, Inala Qld 4077
P: 07 3727 5000 F: 07 3279 8444

headspace Meadowbrook
260 Loganlea Road, Meadowbrook Qld 4131
P: 07 3804 4200 F: 07 3804 4299

headspace Woolloongabba
182 Logan Road, Woolloongabba Qld 4102
P: 07 3249 2222 F: 07 3249 2299

Psychological Therapies

The Psychological Therapies Program provides treatment for people who experience mild to moderate mental illness and have barriers to accessing mainstream treatment options. Clients are able to access a number of defined therapy sessions delivered by an approved mental health clinician.


Service providers

Wesley Mission Queensland will provide intake, assessment and triage as well as Psychological Therapies Services targeted to vulnerable and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.

World Wellness Group will administer the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) psychological therapies service including the intake, assessment and triage for corresponding referrals.

Am I eligible?

All clients must be socioeconomically disadvantaged, in addition to one of the below contributing factors:

  • living in rural and remote communities
  • being a child under the age of 12 years, who has been, or is at risk of, developing a mild to moderate mental illness, childhood behavioural or emotional disorder
  • experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness
  • experiencing perinatal depression/anxiety
  • being at risk of suicide or self-harm
  • identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and/or questioning
  • being an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Person
  • experiencing domestic and/or family violence
  • experiencing language and/or cultural barriers (CALD only).

Do I need a referral?

Yes, referrals can be from a GP, psychiatrist, paediatrician, community-based organisation (provisional referrals only).

Click here to download a fact sheet with frequently asked questions about the Psychological Therapies Program.

Severe and complex mental health services


Brisbane South PHN has two main programs addressing severe and complex mental health in our region.

Community Mental Health Clinical Care & Coordination (CMHCCC) Program

Brisbane South PHN funds the Community Mental Health Clinical Care & Coordination (CMHCCC) Program, formally the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program. Services will be delivered in Princess Alexandra Hospital catchment by Aftercare, and Logan and Redlands catchments by The Benevolent Society. CMHCCC is an outreach clinical care coordination program for people experiencing severe mental illness with complex needs. The program is delivered by a mixed workforce model of Credentialed Mental Health Nurses and Mental Health Support Workers to ensure people are receiving the right care catered to their individual needs.

Who is eligible?

People experiencing severe mental illness with complex needs which is significantly impacting their social, personal and work life.

Do I need a referral?

Yes, GP or Psychiatrist referral is necessary.


Please contact the following providers:

Hospital catchment Name of service Contact
Princess Alexander Hospital Catchment Areas Aftercare P: 07 3249 2200 F: 07 32492298

E: MHCCC@aftercare.com.au www.aftercare.com.au

Logan and Redlands Hospital Catchment Areas The Benevolent Society P: 07 3441 3010 F: 07 3299 3713

E: MHIntake@benevolent.org.au www.benevolent.org.au

Partners In Recovery

The Partners in Recovery (PIR) program has been providing support to people who have severe and persistent mental health issues with complex needs, along with their carers and families, by coordinating support services to address their needs and improve health and wellbeing since October 2013.

After many years of success, the PIR program will be concluding on 30 June 2019 as part of the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The NDIS is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers.

Current participants will continue to be supported until June 2019, with eligible participants assisted with transitioning to the NDIS.

Participants who have not transitioned to the NDIS by 30 June 2019 will be supported to transfer to alternative programs.

Partners in Recovery will work with existing participants to ensure the best available supports are in place.

Commencing on 1 March 2019, all new referrals to the PIR Intake team will be closely managed. The PIR Intake team will primarily be focussed on providing support to referrers on alternate service pathways for people living with severe and complex mental illness.

During this transition period participant support remains the top priority.

For further information on intake and referrals please contact the Brisbane South PIR Intake team on 07 3441 3010.

For all other program related enquiries please contact Brisbane South PHN PIR team on 07 3864 7555.

For more information on the NDIS, click here.

For frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the Partners in Recovery transition to the NDIS, click here.

What is the Partners in Recovery program?

The Partners In Recovery (PIR) program supports people with severe and persistent mental health issues with complex needs, along with their carers and families. This is achieved by coordinating multiple support services to address their needs and improve the overall health and wellbeing of participants.

Who’s eligible?

People aged 25 to 64 years who have a severe and persistent mental illness with complex unmet needs who need access to more than one service to address their needs. Indicators of severity may be that the person:

  • is in receipt of the Disability Support Pension with mental illness being the primary reason
  • has had multiple hospital admissions due to a mental health diagnosis
  • has a psychotic disorder
  • receives mental health case management
  • is isolated and very functionally impaired as a result of their mental health condition.

Do I need a referral?

No, anyone – the person, friends, family, GP’s, health professionals, agencies, hospital and health services can all refer.


For more information about the Partners In Recovery program please call the Brisbane South PHN PIR intake team on 3441 3010 or speak with one of our partner organisations.

Service providers

Brisbane South PHN has partnered with non-government organisations that specialise in servicing the community with an understanding, empathetic approach that enable goals to be reached and lives to be changed.

These partners are:         

Aftercare | 07 3435 2600 | aftercare.com.au
Benevolent Society | 07 3170 4600 | benevolent.org.au
Brook Red | 07 3343 9282 | brookred.org.au
Gallang Place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation | 07 3899 5041 | gallangplace.org.au
Harmony Place – the Multicultural Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Inc in partnership with Karakan and Romero Centre, Mercy Family Services Queensland 07 38481600 | harmonyplace.org.au
Micah Projects Inc | 07 3029 7000 | micahprojects.org.au
Neami National | 07 3375 7333 | neaminational.org.au
Richmond Fellowship Queensland | 07 3363 2674 | rfq.com.au
Stepping Stone Clubhouse | 07 3847 1058 | steppingstoneclubhouse.org.au


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