Western Victoria PHN

 

Introduction

Western Victoria PHN commissioned APMHA HealthCare Ltd. to deliver mental health services that align with the National Mental Health Reform. These services are available in the local government areas listed below and focus on a stepped, needs-based primary mental health care approach, also known as a Stepped Mental Health Model of Care.

For further resources, please view the Western Victoria PHN website.

Are you a client of these services?

Services Available

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1. Psychological Therapy Services (PTS)

PTS provides free short term face-to-face psychological services to eligible clients who have been identified as underserviced and/or hard to reach.

This service offers support in the following three categories:

Category A: General Evidence-based, short-term psychological interventions (up to 10 sessions) for individuals with a diagnosable mild to moderate, mental illness.

Category B: Children Evidence-based, short-term psychological interventions (up to 10 sessions) for children (up to 12 years of age) with or at risk of, developing a mental illness.

Category C: Suicide Prevention Evidence-based, short-term psychological interventions for people who have attempted, or who are at risk of suicide or self-harm. No formal diagnosis is required. Individuals are entitled to up to 10 sessions over 2 months and are then moved to the most appropriate service stream. Service streams would be considered on a case by case basis and options include Category A, STEPMI Program or Better Access.

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PTS is a complementary program to Better Access (Medicare subsidised psychological services). The GP will need to assess whether Better Access or to PTS is more appropriate based on the clients circumstances. While these programs cannot be accessed at the same time,  approval can be requested to access a secondary referral pathway if all sessions from the first referral pathway have been utilised.

2. Services and Treatment for Enduring and Persistent Mental Illness (STEPMI)

STEPMI provides free therapeutic interventions and coordination of clinical services for eligible individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.

This service offers support to those that tick the following clinical criteria;

  • Has an enduring and persistent mental illness
  • Has a documented plan for the clinical management of their mental health
  • Is unable to access similar services through other funding sources
  • Will require clinical care coordination for at least 12 months
  • Has been admitted to or been an outpatient of acute mental health services within the past 12months, OR are at risk of requiring inpatient admission without STEPMI intervention
  • Has not received case-management from acute mental health services
  • Consumers cease to be eligible when they no longer meet the residential or clinical criteria.
3. Older Minds Mental Health Program for Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF)

The Older Minds Mental Health Program is a regional service, focusing on RACFs in Warrnambool, Geelong, and Ballarat. APMHA HealthCare has been commissioned to provide Psychological Therapy Services (PTS) to support the mental health needs of people living in RACFs. This service allows residents of registered RACFs to access mental health services available to those in the community. Delivered by Psychologists, Mental Health Social Workers, Credentialed Mental Health Nurses and Mental Health Occupational Therapists.

This service also provides mental health training for aged care facility staff to enable timely identification of psychological distress in residents and appropriate referral.

Areas of service

PTS is available in all Western Victoria PHN regions under APMHA HealthCare.

STEPMI is available under APMHA HealthCare in:

Great South Coast: City of Warrnambool, Corangamite Shire, Glenelg Shire, Southern Grampians and Moyne Shire.

Wimmera Grampians: City of Horsham, Hindmarsh Shire, Northern Grampians Shire, Rural City of Ararat, West Wimmera Shire and Yarriambiack Shire.

 

Eligibility

Patients who are considered low income, unable to access Medicare, living in rural locations, CALD (new settlers), Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait, homeless or those at risk of homelessness are eligible to receive services. Children, adolescents, individuals who have attempted, or are at risk of suicide or self-harm are also eligible to receive services.

How do I refer?

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Referral pathway for PTS
Step One.

The Referral and GP Mental Health Treatment Plans (including K10+) are to be completed with the patient and faxed to WVPHN’s Referral Point on 1300 260 814. 

GPs can access GP Templates for this referral pathway here. They can also contact Referral Point on 1300 221 493 or referralpoint@westvicphn.com.au.

Step Two.

Referrals are triaged and allocated to APMHA HealthCare. We then aligns an appropriate PTS registered mental health professional to the patient. The mental health professional will then contact the patient for an appointment.

Step Three.

The GP is then contacted by the mental health professional to confirm that services have commenced or to discuss any barriers to treatment that have occurred.

Please Note: Should a referral be declined, the referring GP will receive communication from Referral Point. This communication will include any reasons why the referral is not appropriate for PTS or to clarify any gaps in patient information.

Referral pathway for STEPMI
Step One.

Complete the Referral Form and GP Mental Health Treatment Plan (GPMHTP) and fax to WVPHN’s Referral Point on 1300 260 814

Click here to access further information about refering through ReferralNET or Argus on Best Practice, Medical Director and Zedmed

Step Two.

Referrals are triaged and allocated to APMHA HealthCare. We then aligns an appropriate registered mental health professional to the patient. The mental health professional will then contact the patient for an appointment.

Step Three.

The GP is then contacted by the mental health professional to confirm that services have commenced or to discuss any barriers to treatment that have occurred.

Please Note: Should a referral be declined, the referring GP will receive communication from Referral Point. This communication will include any reasons why the referral is not appropriate for STEPMI or to clarify any gaps in patient information.

Additional Support

If you are unsure if this is the right program for your client, you can call APMHA on 1300 514 811 for a secondary consult.