Department of Health

First 6 new local mental health and wellbeing providers appointed

24/06/22
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The Victorian Government has announced the providers for the first 6 new Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services.

The new services will be the new ‘front door’ to getting mental health and wellbeing support with welcoming, inclusive and comfortable drop-in spaces, staffed by qualified mental health professionals, that meet the diverse needs of communities around the state.

These services will provide treatment, care and support for Victorians aged 26 years and over who are experiencing mental health concerns including people with co-occurring substance use or addiction.

They will be free and easy to access with no referral required and delivered on a philosophy of ‘how can we help?’ and a ‘no wrong door’ approach.

The selected providers for the first 6 priority locations are: 

  • Benalla/Wangaratta/Mansfield: Wellways Australia in partnership with Albury Wodonga Health and Australian Community Support Organisation
  • Latrobe City: Neami National in partnership with Drummond Street Services and Uniting Vic Tas
  • Frankston: Wellways Australia in partnership with Peninsula Health and Mentis Assist
  • Geelong/Queenscliff: Barwon Health in partnership with Wellways Australia, ermha365 and Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative
  • Brimbank: cohealth in partnership with Clarity Health Care and the University of Melbourne
  • Whittlesea: Neami National in partnership with Drummond St Services, Uniting Vic Tas and Victorian Aboriginal Health Service 

The first 3 services in Benalla, Latrobe and Frankston will open in the coming months with Geelong, Brimbank and Whittlesea to open by the end of 2022. The rolling program will see up to 60 services implemented across Victoria by the end of 2026.

The breadth and experience of the selected providers and their partners will mean Victorians needs are well met. 

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended 50 to 60 new Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services be established across Victoria by the end of 2026.

The Victorian Budget 2022/23 delivered more than $1.3 billion to continue the vital work underway to reform Victoria’s mental health and wellbeing system – building on last year’s record investment of $3.8 billion.

Reviewed 27 June 2022

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