Authors: William Campos, Andy Ang
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Many people attending general practices experience coexisting physical and mental health issues and have higher social support needs. General practice is well positioned to address these issues. A strong international evidence base supports the integration of mental health services within the primary care setting. Within Australia there are gaps in clinician understanding of the recovery model and challenges in navigating the available services within the system. Western Sydney is meeting this need through the delivery of an innovative model for the delivery of effective and holistic primary and mental health care, The Primary Care-Psychiatry Liaison Service (PC-PLS). This model co-locates a full-time psychiatrist, peer worker and a support coordinator to support up to ten (10) general practices over 12 months across the WentWest Western Sydney Primary Health Network. This multi-disciplinary team will provide consultant liaison support to GPs and brief intervention to people accessing PC-PLS, increasing access to professional mental health services in the primary care setting. General practice teams and their patients would benefit from improved referral pathways to existing mental health services and readily accessible, on-job mental health education.