Mental Health Nursing in Brisbane North

Brisbane North PHN delivers clinical care coordination for people with severe and complex mental illness via the Mental Health Nursing in Brisbane North program.

Morayfield Psychology Centre, Toowong Private Hospital and Footprints deliver the Mental Health Nursing in Brisbane North (MHNiB) program.

Morayfield Psychology Centre is an allied health practice offering mental health assessments and interventions for people of all ages and therapy for individuals, couples and families.

Toowong Private Hospital is a mental healthcare facility offering individually focused inpatient, day patient, and community-based mental health treatments delivered by expert mental health practitioners and clinical staff.

Footprints is a not-for-profit organisation offering individual and therapeutic group interventions for people with disabilities, older people, their carers and families, people with mental health issues, people who are experiencing social and financial disadvantage and those at risk of homelessness or homeless persons.

Introduction to the service
The MHNiB program delivers clinical care coordination and treatment services for people with severe mental illness and complex health issues being managed by a GP or psychiatrist in primary care. Services are delivered by mental health nurses across the region via three mental health nursing hubs at Morayfield Psychology Centre, Footprints and Toowong Private Hospital.

The mental health nurses can assist the person to connect with other health professionals and service providers, liaise with the professionals involved in the person's care, actively maintain contact with the person to monitor their wellbeing and progress, provide the person with information on and assist them to manage their physical and mental health issues and to manage their medication.

Due to the high needs of this patient group, each mental health nurse has an annual caseload of 35 patients.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for MHNiB the patient must be 18 years of age or and and meet all of the following criteria: 

  • the person has a diagnosed/provisionally diagnosed mental disorder which is severe in nature and related complex health needs, and
  • the mental disorder significantly impacts at least two areas of social, personal and/or occupational functioning, and
  • the person has, or is at risk of developing, a physical health problem, and
  • the mental disorder has resulted in hospital treatment in the previous two years or there is a risk of hospitalisation within the next 12 months if clinical care by a mental health nurse is not provided, and
  • the patient is expected to need ongoing treatment and management of their mental disorder over the next two years, and
  • a primary care based GP or psychiatrist is the main person responsible for the person's clinical mental health care and has initiated/completed an initial mental health treatment plan.

If the patient has psychosocial disability please refer them to other appropriate services e.g. Partners in Recovery or the National Disability Insurance Scheme when it becomes available in your region.

Referral information

Referrals to MHNiB can come from any GP or community-based psychiatrist who is managing a person with severe mental illness and complex health needs in primary care.

Please refer your patient to the MHNiB provider in the region in which the patient resides.

Service access

MHNiB is commissioned by Brisbane North PHN and there is no cost to the client. MHNiB services are currently operating Monday to Friday from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm.

Which provider do I refer to?

Refer to the map and list of suburbs in the services magazine (see pages 4 and 5).

If your patient resides in the Moreton Bay North sub region or one of the following additional suburbs, please fax to Morayfield Psychology Centre on 1300 933 033.

  • Clontarf
  • Deception Bay
  • Kippa-Ring
  • Margate
  • Newport
  • Redcliffe
  • Rothwell
  • Scarborough
  • Woody Point

If your patient resides in the Pine Rivers or Brisbane North sub regions or one of the following additional suburbs, please fax to Footprints on 1300 027 319.

  • Dakabin
  • Griffin
  • Kallangur
  • Mango Hill
  • Murrumba Downs
  • North Lakes

If your patient resides in the Brisbane West or  Brisbane Inner City sub regions, please fax to  Toowong Private Hospital on 1300 103 458.