Resources and health pathways(test internal)

Vision: to work collaboratively towards accessible, wellness focused, culturally safe mental health care.

We are committed to building a person centred, integrated system of mental health care in the central and eastern Sydney region. We work with the community to ensure people with any level of mental health need can access timely and wellness focused care that optimises recovery and supports self-management of mental health needs.

PHNs are funded to ensure a regional approach to mental health and suicide prevention by developing evidence based plans and service mapping that identify needs and gaps, increase efficiencies and encourage integration of mental health services and supports.

To do this we will commission evidenced based clinical primary mental health services in line with a best practice stepped care approach. The Department of Health has provided guidance documents to PHNs to inform their planning across the identified priority areas.

For information on our mental health and suicide prevention needs assessments, and operational plan visit the Strategic planning page.

You can also read more about co-design and the tendering process on our website

According to the World Health Organisation mental health is a state of wellbeing in which a person is able to:

  • cope with the normal stresses of life
  • work productively
  • realise their potential
  • ontribute to the community

A stepped care approach to mental health promotes person centred care which targets the needs of the individual. It recognises that the individual needs change and allows for flexibility for people to move across services levels to support their recovery.

An individual does not generally have to start at the lowest, least intensive level of intervention in order to progress to the next ‘step’. Rather, they enter the system and have their service level aligned to their needs.

We hope that the steps below will be helpful to support you to find the right service or supports for the people you see. Please give us feedback via the About Us tab on the homepage of this website.