PHN hosts National Stepped Care Workshop

Brisbane North PHN, in partnership with the Commonwealth Department of Health, coordinated and hosted the third National PHN Stepped Care Workshop in Brisbane on 6 and 7 June 2018. 

As part of their ongoing support to PHNs, the Department of Health committed to PHN-targeted National Stepped Care Workshops to focus on the implementation of stepped care as an integral objective in mental health commissioning. 

Over 130 people across Australia attended with representatives from 29 of 31 PHNs, the Department of Health, University of Melbourne and 20 people with a lived experience of mental illness or suicide who work locally to support PHNs in their commissioning of mental health services.

Lucy Brogden, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission acted as emcee along with Emma Davidson and Rebecca Wyeth, Consumer Representatives at Brisbane North PHN. Guest speakers attended from the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, the Australian Psychological Society, the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to name a few. 

Sessions included embedding the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing, incorporating lived experience in co-design, and showcasing PHN models of stepped care. 

The co-design session injected evidence-based skill building into the workshop and allowed attendees to practice co-designing a project from a real-life scenario. 

During the PHN models of stepped care session, Brisbane North PHN showcased their local stepped care approach to mental health and presented their vision for connecting people to the right services, at the right time and in the right place.

Paul Martin, Executive Manager for Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services at Brisbane North PHN said, “As one of 10 lead sites for mental health, Brisbane North PHN has additional resources to do more, more quickly and share what we learn with the other PHNs.”

“Attending, and this time hosting, the stepped care workshop allows us to share our experience, but also learn from other PHNs,” Mr Martin said.

The workshop received a resoundingly positive response and enabled attendees to receive national updates, connect with PHNs across the country, and share learnings around the implementation of mental health services within a stepped care approach. 

The contribution of people with a lived experience of mental illness of suicide was invaluable, with one attendee noting, “the lived experience presence added depth and strength to discussions.”

The next workshop is earmarked for the second half of 2018 and will be hosted by South Eastern Melbourne PHN