Mental Health services

We work with clinicians, those with lived experience and local communities to develop a model of mental health care that reflects local needs and focuses on safe, effective, quality mental health care service delivery

Our PHN works with GPs, psychologists, nurses, allied health providers, mental health services, those with lived experience and local communities to develop and deliver mental health care that reflects local needs and focuses on safe, effective and quality service.

Our approach to mental health funding is based on the following system reform platforms:

• Person centered care funded on the basis of need
• Thinking nationally, acting locally 
• Delivering services within a stepped care approach 
• Effective early intervention across the lifespan 
• Digital mental health services  

If you would like to provide feedback have your say on our PeopleBank platform.

Primary Health Network Mental Health Service (PHNMHS)

This program is aimed at providing short-term evidence based psychological interventions for people with mental illness or the provisional diagnosis of mental illness in a primary care setting where other pathways such as MBS (Better Access) initiatives are cost prohibitive or not available.

The people in the community which PHNMHS benefit are:

• People who are not able to access Medicare funded mental health services
• People who are less able to pay fees
• People who have self harmed or attempted suicide or are at risk of suicide
• People under the age of 25 or over the age of 65
• Women experiencing psychological distress in the pre- or post-natal period
• Carers with a diagnosis of mental illness
• Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities
• Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
• Children over 12 with or at risk of developing a mental disorder


Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing.

This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.

Funded headspace services in our region are 

headspace Gosford

headspace Lake Haven

headspace Newcastle

headspace Maitland

headspace Tamworth

Head to Health

If you’re trying to improve your own mental health, or support somebody else with mental health issues, Head to Health provides links to trusted Australian online and phone supports, resources and treatment options.

Click here to visit the Head to Health website

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