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:
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.