A new adult mental health centre in Midland, offering free, on-the-spot advice and support and, if needed, assessment and treatment for people with stress, anxiety and other mental health issues, is expected to open in late 2021.
This initiative is part of an Australian Government funded trial of eight centres nationally in each state and territory. It is in response to an identified need for support for people experiencing distress and whose condition may be too complex for many existing primary care services.
The centre will operate with a drop in and referral model, offering a friendly, low key environment for people who need support, helping reduce the stigma associated with mental health and alcohol and other drug issues.
WA Primary Health Alliance, the operator of Perth North Primary Health Network, has confirmed St John of God Health Care will lead the co-design of the centre.
The centre opened 1 March 2022
Adult Mental Health Centre concept is outlined by Hon Greg Hunt as part of the Australian Government National Health Care Plan
WA Primary Health Alliance advised that Perth North PHN was to be one of the eight PHN regions to trial the Adult Mental Health Centre model
Swan and Midland/Guildford area identified as area to gain most benefit from investment of an Adult Mental Health Centre
St John of God Health Care approached to lead co-design of the Adult Mental Health Centre for the Midland area
Engagement with local stakeholders to focus in on the aspects of the national service framework where local co-design can influence the way in which it is delivered for the people of Midland
Establishing local referral pathways and partnerships
Local voices inform design of adult mental health centre
Feedback gained from this in-depth engagement will inform the final design of the service that will offer free, on-the-spot advice and support and, if needed, assessment and treatment for people with stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.
SJGHC will this week release a detailed report and recommendations arising from the workshops, before embarking on the final stage of the co-design.
This work will be guided by an establishment committee comprising a cross representation of workshop participants and other important groups unable to participate earlier.
The new group will build on existing insights and help finalise the service and centre design.
WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington, said the organisation’s role as a commissioner was to create opportunities for such conversations which reflect an intention to commission the trial to reflect local circumstances and needs.
“Development of the service, in the context of its Midland location, has and will continue to engage local health professionals, service providers, people with lived experience such as consumers, family and carers, local government and the wider community,” Ms Durrington said.
“The strong engagement and the depth of knowledge stakeholders shared will help the new centre meet community and service sector needs, and deliver the best outcomes.
“We have been really humbled by the generosity of people to share and contribute to the success of the new service.
“Supporting local conversations at this stage builds a strong foundation for the work ahead and will make such a positive impact for people accessing the service when it opens.”
Following completion of the local co-design phase, WA Primary Health Alliance will advise the mental health sector and community of the next steps, including the appointment of a service provider.
Midland community and services bring their insights to Centre design
Wealth of knowledge and experience shared
Third workshop to explore the themes and opportunities
We invite service providers, advocacy groups, consumers, carers and families in the Midland area to register for this event.
Registration is essential to enable us to safely manage venue capacity.
Register at: https://www.sjog.org.au/amhcevents(External link)
Date:Thursday 13 May 2021– please note the new date to respond to venue capacity restrictions
Time:1.00pm to 4.00pm
Venue:Basil Hanna Theatre of Learning, The Stan and Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre (Parkerville), 1 Watertank Way, Midland WA 6056
Refreshments will be provided.
Local Co-design Workshops
St John of God Health Care has been appointed by WA Primary Health Alliance to lead the co-design of the new Adult Mental Health Centre in Midland. We want to design the centre with the help of local service providers and consumers to ensure the service design meets the needs of the local community.
To have your say, please attend one of our co-design workshops where you can share your ideas on how the service should be designed.
Registration is essential for both events to ensure we can safely manage venue numbers and capacity.
For service providers and advocacy groups
Date: Friday 16 April
Time: 8.45am for a 9am start, 1pm finish
Venue: Basil Hanna Theatre of Learning, The Stan and Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre (Parkerville), 1 Watertank Way, Midland WA 6056
Led by facilitators from WellRounded in partnership with St John of God Health Care this workshop has been designed specifically for local service providers and advocacy groups.
Registration for the service provider workshop is essential to ensure we can safely manage capacity numbers. Please register your attendance(External link) online.
Registrations will close on 13 April, or before, once the venue capacity is reached.
To find out more please call Nicole Jahn on 0478 316 080 or email her at Nicole.firstname.lastname@example.org(External link)
For consumers, carers and families
Date: Thursday 22 April
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Venue: Ascension Hall, 17 Spring Park Road Midland WA 6056
Led by facilitators from WellRounded in partnership with St John of God Health Care this workshop has been designed specifically for local consumers, carers and families in the Midland area.
To register or to find out more please call Tracy Wilson on 0447 170 768 or email Tracy@wellroundedlife.com.au
4pm to 6pm
Old Midland Courthouse
Please register your attendance in advance(External link)to receive full event information and help us safely manage numbers within the capacity of the venue.