Por­tal tai­lors men­tal health needs

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A stepped care sys­tem for treat­ing and sup­port­ing dis­ad­van­taged Pil­bara res­i­dents with men­tal health con­di­tions in a more tai­lored way has been in­tro­duced this month.

The Pil­bara Men­tal Health Por­tal is de­signed to be a first point of con­tact for di­rectly help­ing peo­ple with mild to mod­er­ate men­tal health needs and sup­port­ing GPs treat­ing pa­tients with more se­vere and com­plex con­di­tions.

Its ser­vices in­clude short-term ther­apy by phone or in per­son, on­line ther­apy op­tions, group sup­port, links to com­mu­nity ser­vices and care man­age­ment for peo­ple with more com­plex so­cial needs. In the Pil­bara, com­mu­nity ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tion Mis­sion Aus­tralia has been se­lected to de­liver the ser­vices.

WA Pri­mary Health Al­liance re­gional man­ager Win­nie Henry said the model was de­signed to tai­lor treat­ment op­tions ac­cord­ing to pa­tients’ cir­cum­stances.

“At the heart of this new ap­proach is a shift to a stepped care model for men­tal health so that peo­ple can be con­nected with more tar­geted treat­ment op­tions matched to their needs,” she said.

The por­tal opened on July 1 and can be ac­cessed via wapha.org.au/ men­tal-health-por­tal.

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