Mental Health Portal - Wheatbelt and Great Southern
The WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) has commissioned Amity Health to provide the new Integrated Primary Mental Health Care program across the Wheatbelt and the Great Southern. This replaces the ATAPS model and is a free service to those eligible.
Eligibility for Service:
1. Financial Hardship – Health Care Card not needed
2. Experiencing a mild to moderate mental health issues
3. Has a severe and persistent mental health issue, but not currently in crisis or in need of urgent assistance
4. Lives in a remote area where alternative services are unavailable (such as Better Access).
All referrals will be triaged for appropriateness at Amity Health and then forwarded to location specific clinicians. We will have small clinical teams in towns throughout both regions with our goal to have a more widespread service model that is not centred in only one major regional town.
Locations of services will be at:
- Wheatbelt: Northam, Merredin and Narrogin
- Great Southern: Albany and Katanning.
The Stepped Care Model is not a one size fits all approach so clients will be able to move through the system both ways having access to services delivered in a number of different ways.
Service options include:
Brief focused intervention - Face to Face or telehealth if client is in a remote area and Community support
Care management - For those with more chronic and complex problems who require specialised support in a case management style service. The Integrated Care managers will work very closely with GPs and WACHS in managing these clients.
Virtual care and telehealth - The virtual clinic aspect (PORTS: Practitioner Online Referral Treatment Service) is an evidenced based management tool designed by Macquarie University that allows for those with milder mental health issues to be managed quickly and efficiently. This will be a 2 way relationship between PORTS and Amity Health that will allow clients to be referred back to the Mental Health Portal if required.
Amity Health acknowledges WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) for providing funding in its role as the operator of the Country WA PHN.