Stepped Care Models for Mental Health Workshop

Location: Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales
Venue: Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport, cnr Robey and O'Riordan Streets
Date: 28 October 2016 10:00am to 28 October 2016 03:00pm

Primary Health Networks have been funded by the Commonwealth to facilitate implementation of stepped care models in the Australian mental health services. Effective implementation requires partnerships with public sector mental health services, easy access to self-help and digital mental health, mental health “ready” general practice and primary care, refining of the ATAPS model, care packages for people with severe mental illness and strong linkages with a wide range of players including early intervention services, Headspace, NDIS and consumer and carer support services.

This workshop brought together key players to understand what has been learned to date in the development and implementation of stepped care models and the way forward to effective implementation in the Australian health care system.

Topics of discussion included:

  • Stepped Care Models - the evidence base
    Dr Nicola Reavley, Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
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  • Stepped Care Requirements for PHNs
    Commissioner Jackie Crowe, National Mental Health Commission
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  • Implementing Stepped Care - what are the key issues and barriers
    In this interactive panel discussion led by AHHA CEO Alison Verhoeven, panelists discussed some of the key issues and barriers in implementing stepped care models. The panelists were:
    Julie Borninkhof, Executive Director, Mental Health and Primary Care Improvement, North Western Melbourne PHN
    Raphael Chapman, Mental Health Advisor, Western NSW PHN 
    Dr Caroline Johnson, Clinical Lead - Mental Health, RACGP Expert Committee - Quality Care, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
    Frank Quinlan, CEO, Mental Health Australia
    Dr Murray Wright. Chief Psychiatrist, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Implementing a Stepped Care Model - what is happening at the PHN level
    In this session two PHNs shared how they are embedding stepped care models into their mental health activities and planning.

    Central and Eastern Sydney PHN, presented by Mariam Faraj, General Manager, Clinical Services
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    Brisbane North PHN, presented by Paul Martin, Manager Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs
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  • Creating and Implementing a Stepped Care Model, where are we at, how ready are we and what is required to make it happen?
    In this interactive panel discussion led by Dr Tim Smyth, Chair of the Western NSW Primary Health Network, panelists highlighted key practical issues they see inhibiting the successful creation and implementation of stepped care models and discussed what is required to make stepped care models successful. The pannelists were:
    Dr Josey Anderson, Black Dog Institute
    Georgie Harman, CEO BeyondBlue  
    Professor Lyn Littlefield, Executive Director, Australian Psychological Society
    Kim Ryan, CEO, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

A summary of the day is available here.