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15 July 2022: New Telehealth Psychiatry Service for CESPHN region 

The Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network (CESPHN) has commissioned Dokotela as the provider to deliver the newly funded Telehealth Psychiatry Service. Thanks to extra funding from the NSW Government, this service will assist people in our region experiencing severe and complex mental illness to access free, online psychiatry services.   Read more...


16 March 2022: Neighbours star Benny Turland promotes consent and healthy relationships in new video campaign aimed at young men

Concluding Series 2 of domestic violence prevention campaign We’re Better Than That, the Eastern Suburbs Domestic Violence Network has today released two videos featuring Neighbours star Benjamin “Benny” Turland. “It’s very important for young males to speak up against domestic violence,” the 23 year-old actor explains, on the backdrop of Maroubra Skatepark. Read more...

8 March 2022: Paralympic gold medalist Matt Levy sheds light on the challenges of domestic violence for people with a disability

 This week, nine-time Paralympic medal winner and Order of Australia recipient Matt Levy has lent his voice to domestic violence prevention campaign, We’re Better Than That. “Women with a disability are almost twice as likely to experience domestic violence than women without a disability.” Matt explains against the backdrop of Mahon Pool in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Read more...


3 March 2022: "Drag Race Down Under" star Maxi Shield reveals childhood experience to encourage others to stand up against domestic violence

With Mardi Gras days away, Domestic Violence prevention campaign We’re Better Than That has launched a second video series with two videos featuring Drag Race Down Under contestant Maxi Shield. In it, Maxi Shield reveals, “I’m actually a survivor of domestic violence as a child.” Read more...


12 February 2021: CESPHN launches its Reconciliation Action Plan for 2021 - 2023

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN) is excited to launch its secondInnovate Reconciliation Action Plan today at Prince Henry Centre, Little Bay.Speakers at theevent includedthe Hon Matt Thistlethwaitemember for Kingsford Smith, Aunty Barbara Simms-Keeley andCEO Tribal Warrior Shane Phillips.The new ReconciliationAction Plan (RAP) has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia andreflects our commitmentto develop and strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in thecentral and eastern Sydney regionRead more...

9 November 2020: Men take a stand against domestic violence in new video campaign “We’re Better Than That”

Well-known Sydney men have lent their voices to new video campaign, “We’re Better Than That,” aiming to target domestic violence.The videos, funded by CESPHN and created in partnership with Randwick, Waverley, Woollahra and Bayside Councils, promote respect and healthy relationships and encourage men to be active bystanders when they witness behaviour that condones and contributes to violence in our communities.. Read more...

5 August 2020: Anglicare wins aged care psychological services contract for central and eastern Sydney

More than half (52 per cent) of residents in aged care facilities in Australia have symptoms of depression. Given the pressing need, Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN) released a competitive tender earlier this year, looking for a provider to provide psychological services for aged care facility residents in our region. Read more...

8 February 2020: Legionella found in Haymarket cooling tower

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District is advising people who may have been in the Haymarket area in the past two weeks to be on the lookout for symptoms of Legionnaires' disease following identification of Legionella bacteria in a cooling tower in the area. pdf Read more... (158 KB)

18 March 2019: Launch of mental health programs in Rockdale

CESPHN has commissioned not-for-profit organisation Mood Active to deliver a range of wellbeing programs in Rockdale, Sydney. pdf Read more... (123 KB)

11 March 2019: Psychological Support Services for residents of aged care facilities

CESPHN has commissioned three current Psychological Support Services (PSS) provider organisations to deliver individual and group psychological treatment services in the CESPHN region. pdf Read more... (146 KB)

26 February 2019: Online adolescent weight management program is deliverying positive health outcomes

An innovative new healthy lifestyle program is delivering successful outcomes in tackling the issue of adolescent obesity. pdf Read more... (146 KB)

2 July 2018: New psychiatry support line available for Sydney GPs

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN is excited to announce the launch of a new psychiatry advice service for general practitioners in central and eastern Sydney. pdf Read more... (186 KB)

14 February 2018: New service to support people after an attempted suicide in Sydney


Today, Central and Eastern Sydney PHN is announcing a new after care coordinated support service that will support people after an attempted suicide. pdf Read more... (186 KB)

15 August 2017: New model of care supports individuals with severe mental illness in central and eastern Sydney

An additional 20,000 occasions of care will be provided to more than 2,400 people living with severe mental illness in central and eastern Sydney over the next two years under the Severe Mental Illness Primary Care Supports (SMIPCS) Program. pdf Read more... (189 KB)

29 June 2017: New support service to treat anxiety and depression in Central and Eastern Sydney

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN will use more than $270,000 of Commonwealth funding to commission a new, free, mental health service which will provide tailored support to more than 400 people throughout Central and Eastern Sydney living with anxiety and depression.   pdf Read more... (190 KB)

15 March 2017: Aboriginal health remains front of mind through transition to integrated team care

We are pleased to announce that South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and Sydney Local Health District will deliver the Integrated Team Care (ITC) Activity from 1 April 2017. pdf Read more... (184 KB)

9 March 2017: New funding builds foundations for sustainable drug and alcohol services for Sydney community

More than $2.4M of Commonwealth funding will be used to commission five drug and alcohol treatment services, including services to address methamphetamine use, within Central and Eastern Sydney PHN over the next two years. pdf Read more... (189 KB)

9 January 2017: New Psychological Support Services contracts announced

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN is pleased to announce that the successful applicants for our new Psychological Support Services (PSS) contracts are: Australian Primary Mental Health Alliance, Lilly Pilly Counselling, Sydney Mindcare,The Gender Centre, and Sunflower Health Services with WEAVE Youth and Community Services and Twenty 10.  pdf Read more... (202 KB)

5 May 2016: New data paints accurate picture of housing needs for homeless population in eastern suburbs

In April 2016, a staggering 57 people were identified as sleeping rough in the Waverley local government area, with the average duration of homelessness being five years. Brain injury or head trauma, mental health concerns, substance abuse and violence are recurring issues experienced by this population. pdf Read more... (623 KB)

11 April 2016: First Registry Week to reveal number of people sleeping rough in Bondi

Eastern suburbs Registry Week starts today, with the aim of talking to all people sleeping rough in Bondi, and the greater Waverley area. Information obtained will help to ensure people experiencing homelessness are helped to be linked to housing and support. pdf Read more... (100 KB)

27 November 2015: CESPHN welcomes the Australian Government's person-centred regional approach to mental health

The Australian Government released its response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services yesterday. The response outlined a bold reform package designed to place the individual at the core of our mental health system. The package also detailed the central role that primary health networks (PHNs) will take in leading this change. pdf Read more... (172 KB)

22 October 2015: Local project to deliver permanent housing for vulnerable people sleeping rough

The first of seven of the most vulnerable people sleeping rough in Sutherland has now moved into permanent housing through the Sutherland Street to Home Project, launched this month. An initiative of the South Eastern Sydney Partners In Recovery (SES PIR) program, the project uses a Housing First model which highlights the importance of first providing housing for people experiencing long term homelessness, then combining this with holistic supports in the community. pdf Read more... (233 KB)