Resources and Links

CESPHN Mental Health Services Guide
Activity Work Plan

As part of CESPHN's contractual obligations with the Department of Health we are required to publish a range of plans and reports which demonstrate how we are supporting the implementation of the government's primary health care reform activities and managing the associated funding.

Below are links to a number of documents that demonstrate how we are meeting these obligations.

Co-occurring Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Issues

As part of the needs assessment conducted in 2016, CESPHN identified comorbidity between alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and mental health conditions as a priority area, with low levels of service provision. To inform how best to address this priority area, the CESPHN funded NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS) to undertake a scoping exercise to evaluate the current practices and support needs of healthcare providers in the CESPHN in working with co-occurring mental health and AOD issues among their clients.

The scoping exercise was undertaken to improve understanding of these issues at the network level, with a view to providing recommendations for workforce development and capacity building. By improving the capacity of healthcare providers to identify, intervene, and provide appropriate referral and coordinated care with this population, the standard of care, and the lives of people with co-occurring substance use and mental health conditions may be improved.

A two-page bulletin summarising the report and recommendations is available here.
Mental Health Assessment Tools
  • K10 assessment form
    K10 is widely recommended as a simple measure of psychological distress and as a measure of outcomes following treatment for common mental health disorders.
  • National Guidance Initial and Assessment Referral for mental healthcare
    This Guidance has been developed by the Australian Department of Health to provide advice to Primary Health Networks (PHNs) on establishing effective systems for the initial assessment and referral of individuals presenting with mental health conditions in primary health care settings.
  • Suicide prevention – Safety Plan
    Assists health professionals or support person and individuals to work together in planning out safety procedures during tough times.
  • YES Survey
    Designed to gather information from consumers about their experiences of care.
Inclusive Language Guides
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Language Guide
    The purpose of this resource is to provide workers with guidelines on how to use language to empower clients and reinforce a person-centred approach.
  • Recovery Oriented Language Guide
    This Mental Health Recovery Oriented Language Guide aims primarily to align with trauma-informed care and practice language approaches, introduce age-related language use and promote the use of supported decision-making language.
  • Talking about Suicide: A Guide To Language
    Suicide Prevention Australia Guide to promote a positive shift in the terminology used to discuss suicide
  • Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion Language Guide
    The guide explains key terms and offers examples of language that can help us build safer, more inclusive environments for trans and gender diverse communities.
  • Demonstrating Inclusive and respective language guide
    Given the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and identities across Australia, you should always seek advice from your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders regarding preferences and protocols around terminology. Please consider these guidelines, alongside guidance from your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders.
Other Mental Health Websites
  • eMHPrac
    This directory provides a useful overview of various Australian online and teleweb programs
  • Head To Health
    Provided by the Australian Department of Health, Head to Health brings together apps, online programs, online forums, and phone services, as well as a range of digital information resources.
Youth Mental Health