Authors: Harry Lovelock, Hazel Dalton
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Primary Health Networks (PHNs) have increased flexibility to use funding to commission regionally delivered primary mental health services suited to local needs. This includes low intensity mental health services for early intervention. These services are targeted to people with, or at risk of, mild mental illness. This presentation will provide an overview of the literature related to low intensity services, including defining features of these services, the evidence in relation to different types of low intensity services and some of the key considerations for low intensity service delivery. The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has been funded by the Australian Government to develop recommendations for preferred approaches for the accreditation of low intensity services that will inform future commissioning by PHNs and future training arrangements to support the low intensity workforce. The APS is working in collaboration with key stakeholders, including the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, Australian Association of Social Workers, Occupational Therapy Australia, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and PHNs.