Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) knows that the mental health needs of people in the Gold Coast region are diverse, and a flexible and responsive system is essential to support the health and well-being of the community. GCPHN works to ensure there are a range of mental health services available with different levels of intensity, and that we have the right service mix and optimum service utilisation in the region.
In addition to funding mental health services, GCPHN is progressing a range of initiatives to strengthen and support the local mental health system, as outlined in the Joint Regional Plan for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, Alcohol and Other Drugs Services. Key focus areas include:
Leadership, governance and partnership that includes lived experience: supporting organsations to work together towards shared to outcomes
Planning for a common agenda through improved quality and utilisation of data and informed decision making
Effective, timely and safe information exchange including handover processes to support continuity of care
Coordinating activities that leverage and enhance strengths in the region, improving referral pathways and access to the right support at the right time
Responsive and connected workforce: ensuring the people who deliver services have the capacity and support to meet the needs of people in the region
GCPHN uses a stepped care approach to guide healthcare investment and ensure a range of services exist in the region to meet the different levels of need.In a stepped care approach, a person presenting to the health system is matched to the least intensive level of care that most suits their current treatment need, considering the balance between intended benefits and potential risks.
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