The Federal Government has invested $14 million into the Penrith Adult Mental Health Centre as part of its 2019-20 Prioritising Mental Health budget measure.
The Centre is one of eight being trialled across the country over next five years, with one located in each state and territory. The Primary Health Network (PHN) has been tasked with delivering the centres, which will provide much needed support to individuals seeking help, particularly in times of crisis.The Centre will open by December 2021.
Wentworth Healthcare, the provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains PHN, will be delivering the concept in Penrith and is excited to be entering the commissioning phase of the project.
The Centres are designed to provide a welcoming, low stigma soft entry point to engagement and assessment for people who may be experiencing distress or crisis, including people with conditions too complex for many current primary care services but who are not eligible for or awaiting care from state or territory public community mental health. They are also intended to trial approaches to offering immediate, short and medium term episodes of care and service navigation to connect people to ongoing services. They will assist adults seeking help in times of crisis, or as needs emerge, to have access to on-the-spot care, advice and support provided by a variety of health professionals – without needing a prior appointment.
The Centres are intended to complement, not replace or duplicate, mental health services already provided in the community. They are not designed to offer longer term care but will be based on an episode of care model, delivering packages of evidence-based care and family support to cover the short to medium term, which could last from a few weeks to several months based on clinical judgement and individual need. Centres are to provide an accessible, responsive service that meets immediate needs and provides expertise in assessment of needs, linkage and support, and care. Centres should also provide integrated mental health and AOD services.
We believe that community and health industry consultation is very important to the design of this centre and there will be opportunity for people to provide input in the coming months. We are inviting people to register their interest in being involved in the consultation process through HealthHub, our consultation platform at
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The Australian Government is funding a trial of eight Adult Mental Health Centres across Australia. The Adult Mental Health Centres will be developed and operate at the local level under the following operational principles. The Centres will:
The establishment and implementation of the Adult Mental Health Centres trial will be nationally evaluated to generate new evidence and to guide any future expansion of this initiative.