Focus on local and flexible mental health services

Tailored, flexible and local mental health services are the focus of the federal government’s mental health reforms.

The reform package announced on Thursday included increased digital delivery of services, a single phone line help service and a shift to integrated care.

The current ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach has been scrapped as people needing complex care services will be eligible to access a package of integrated health services provided through Primary Health Networks (PHNs).

While no more funding was announced, $350 million will be redirected to PHNs, a move supported by the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA).

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