Medicare Locals an excellent footprint for beyondblue roadshow

Medicare Locals an excellent footprint for beyondblue roadshow

25 February 2014

Engaging directly with communities and people who need mental health services is exactly what Medicare Locals are doing across the country and they look forward to working with beyondblue on its Roadshow.

AML Alliance Chair, Dr Arn Sprogis said a number of Medicare Locals have taken up this opportunity to work with beyondblue to ensure the Roadshow hits the mark in various communities nation-wide.

Medicare Locals are the setting for this community-based initiative of beyondblues, because Medicare Locals are at the frontline doing primary health care, Dr Sprogis said.

Medicare Locals have delivered over 445,000 services through the Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS), headspace and rural psychological services, he said.
By addressing service gaps locally, Medicare Locals are making sure people do not fall through the gaps of the health system, especially those who have mental health needs some of societys most vulnerable.

When one in five Australians is reported to be experiencing depression, the countrys health services need to be responsive, available and flexible to meet the needs of these people.

Thats what Medicare Locals are doing ensuring the variety of mental health services and access to them are improving for local needs, Dr Sprogis said.

A snapshot of mental health services through Medicare Locals:

Eastern Melbourne ML and headspace Knox joined beyondblue on a roadshow to raise awareness of anxiety and depression. A number of community engagement events were held in Melbournes outer east including mental health check n chat sessions at Westfield Knox.

Auspiced by Gippsland ML, headspace Morwell is participating in Read the Play, a mental health literacy project that raises awareness about healthy behaviours and where to find help.

A ground-breaking new health service has been launched by Bayside ML to help people and their families during a psychiatric crisis to avoid police custody and get the health support they need, where they need it in the home.

More than 500 people will benefit from the new Northern Sydney Partners in Recovery (NSPIR) program, led by Northern Sydney ML, in conjunction with over 20 community and non-government organisations. NSPIR is recovery oriented and client centred, which means individuals supported by NSPIR receive a personalised and tailored approach to address their specific needs

SAFKI ML were successful in achieving $8.7m Partners in Recovery funding, coordinating services for people with severe and persistent mental illness to remain well in their community

Northern Adelaide ML has employed a metabolic mental health nurse to identify opportunities for new or improved service pathways that focus on increasing and improving access to preventative health initiatives for people with a mental illness.

The Gold Coast ML ATAPS program saw more than 4800 psychological sessions delivered to residents with mild to moderate mental health disorders in the 2012-13 financial year which included suicide prevention, perinatal and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services. The ATAPS Child Mental Health Service was also launched earlier this year, providing services for children aged 0-12. The Partners in Recovery mental health initiative will be launched early in the new year to better connect individuals with prolonged mental health concerns and complex needs, to assist their journey of recovery.

Sunshine Coast ML is now providing regular mental health, drug and alcohol and child mental health services in Tin Can Bay an area that has previously had extremely limited access to services.

InFocus Counselling Program is an ATAPS service delivered by Bentley-Armadale ML. The program is designed to support people in the community with mild to moderate mental health issues by providing short-term support. In the last 12 months the program has been expanded to support