Department of Health

About Social Prescribing Trials

Social prescribing in the new Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services (Local Services) aims to support people to engage in non-clinical community-based activities, such as art, creative, nature or other groups and activities, to reduce loneliness and social isolation. 

The social prescribing trials aim to strengthen pathways between mental health and wellbeing services and community initiatives and activities, to reduce loneliness and social isolation. Older Victorians will be a priority cohort for the trials.

Link workers will help to connect people experiencing isolation and loneliness with community activities and initiatives. For example, arts and creative activities, outdoor activities or volunteering.

What we are doing

Social prescribing trials will commence in the first six Local Services. These services will be established in the local government areas of  Frankston, Latrobe and Benalla-Wangaratta-Mansfield, Brimbank, Geelong-Queenscliffe and Whittlesea.

Link workers employed by Local Services will support people to engage in local community-based activities.

The social prescribing trials have been co-designed by people with lived and living experience of psychological distress, mental illness and addiction, including carers, families and supporters.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotion Office thanks our co-design partners for their work on this project.

Find out more

Have questions or want to learn more about a project? Email the Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotion Office at

Reviewed 18 October 2022

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