Media Release: National Psychosocial Support measure

1 February 2019

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN) has chosen Flourish Australia as the provider of the National Psychosocial Support (NPS) program across the central and eastern Sydney region. Flourish was chosen following a competitive tender process. The purpose of the NPS measure is to provide psychosocial support services to assist people experiencing severe mental illness resulting in reduced psychosocial functional capacity who are not eligible for assistance through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  

Flourish will provide services across the CESPHN region from multiple sites including Kogarah, Marrickville, Caringbah, Surry Hills and a location in Eastern Sydney. People will be able to access individual support that will involve one-on-one psychosocial support with a mental health or peer worker. Additionally, regular group support programs will be available and facilitated by mental health workers, peer workers and volunteers.  

The individual and group support streams provided by Flourish will focus on supporting people to build capacity in areas such as:  

  • social skills and friendships
  • family connections
  • managing daily living needs
  • financial management and budgeting
  • finding and maintaining a home
  • vocational skills and goals/volunteering
  • educational and training goals
  • maintaining physical wellbeing/exercise
  • managing substance use issues
  • building broader life skills/self-agency

In delivering the NPS program, Flourish will provide support that is recovery focused, trauma informed and person-centred. The NPS will provide a culturally appropriate service to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds as well as those who identify as LGBTQI+. The service will commence on 1 April 2019.

About Central and Eastern Sydney PHN:

Primary health networks (PHNs) support primary care in Australia through practice improvement, local health system integration and the commissioning of health services in the community that address identified gaps and needs in their local area. Central and Eastern Sydney PHN is one of 31 PHNs across the country. The core purpose of Central and Eastern Sydney PHN is to improve and transform care in the region, which stretches from Strathfield to Sutherland, east to the coastline, and also includes Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island.

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Media Contact

Sarah D’Arcy

CESPHN Marketing & Communications Manager

P: 0468 690 380 E: s.darcy@cesphn.com.au

Service Contact

Terry Cayley

CESPHN – Mental Health & Partners in Recovery Manager

P 02 9383 5000 E: t.cayley@cesphn.com.au