Mental health

Mental health services funded by Central and Eastern Sydney PHN

All services funded by CESPHN are free to clients.

Services are categorised by individual's choice and the level of their mental health needs applying a pdf stepped care approach (644 KB) . Primary mental health care service delivery is moving towards a stepped care approach as part of the reforms implemented by the Commonwealth Department of Health. This approach will support people to access services based on their needs, at the right time. Stepped care is an evidence-based approach comprising of interventions, from the least to the most intensive.

The pdf community guide (1.15 MB) represents current funded services at CESPHN ranging from early to high needs services, applying a Stepped Care Model. 

Early to low needs services

Best suited for people who are experiencing everyday life pressures who can benefit from support to get back on track. The early to low needs services offer a mix of resources based on need including self-help strategies, digital mental health resources, telephone and/or face-to-face services.

Medium needs services

Best suited to people who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health conditions. A severe mental health condition is likely to be enduring/persistent and limit everyday functioning e.g. ability to maintain self-care. A person with severe mental illness may also experience complex psychosocial issues. people with complex needs are likely to benefit from wrap-around coordinated care. Face to face clinical care using a combination of GP care, Psychiatrists, Mental Health Nurses, Psychologists and Allied Health Coordinated, multiagency services.

High needs services

Best suited to people who are experiencing moderate to high level of distress and life challenges which are limiting everyday functioning. High needs services may offer coordinated care including clinical and non-clinical supports. This could include face-to-face clinical care using a combination of GP care, allied health, mental health nurses, with support from psychiatrists. It may also include face-to-face non-clinical support using peer workers and community social workers with access to social, vocational and cultural supports.

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