South Western Sydney PHN

19 September 2018  Project progress

MHPN networks are an opportunity for mental health practitioners from different disciplines to collaborate.  Research shows that networking develops practitioner relationships, improves referral pathways and outcomes for patients. 

The below networks are active in the South Western Sydney PHN area. 

For more information about active networks in South Western Sydney or how to start a network, contact MHPN on 1800 209 031 or

Sydney Muslim Mental Health Professionals Network   

This network held a successful a successful meeting recently.
Dr Ghassan Eltatary, Senior psychiatric registrar presented on the topic: On Being a Mental Health Professional with Faith: Challenges and Aspirations.  The network also met on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 for a panel discussion on ‘Mental Health and Disability Services; Challenges & Opportunities with CALD Muslim clients and the NDIS’.  MHPN is currently working with the coordinator (Hanan Dover, psychologist) to schedule the next meeting.

If you would like to be involved in the network please contact Amanda Osciak at: or call 03 8662 6602

Liverpool Veteran-Focussed MHPN

This group of local mental health practitioners, work with and support veterans.  At the network’s March meeting, practitioners will listen to presentations from coordinator Farnaz Ali, Veterans and Veterans' Families Counselling Service psychologist, and Zeina Boutros, private psychologist seeing veteran clients. 

Practitioners meet voluntarily four times per year in their local community.  Members include a mix of GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapists or any other associated mental health practitioner. 

Macarthur Network

David Donatini - Mental Health Intake and Support Officer and Chris Jones - PIR Senior Systems Coordinator coordinate this network.  Focussing on various areas of mental health, network meetings usually involve a PD guest speaker presentation. 

Recently, 16 practitioners attended a meeting on Assertive Community Treatment & Partnerships for Wrap Around Family Support held at the Northside Macarthur Clinic.  Twelve practitioners attended a meeting focused on Youth and Alcohol and Other Drugs with Karen Yuen from Youth Solutions.

Bowral Mental Health & Intellectual Disability

The Bowral Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Network has recently been established by MHPN in partnership with Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), NSW Health and Northcott.  It derived from an identified need for practitioners who provide services to clients with an Intellectual Disability and/or Mental Health diagnosis in the Bowral and the surrounding South Western Sydney Local Health District.

The meetings facilitate discussion around care and service planning, address gaps in local services, create new opportunities for networking to strengthen referral pathways, and generally foster more collaborative partnerships in addressing client needs across disciplines and sectors. 

Southern Highlands Network

The Southern Highlands Network is a large group of interdisciplinary practitioners who discuss various issues of mental health.  Courtney Whittaker PIR Projects Officer, and Chris Jones PIR Senior Systems Coordinator, both coordinate the network.  The group’s meetings usually include a guest speaker presentation and provide excellent opportunities for collegial networking, peer support and professional development on a wide range of topics.  The network aims to meet quarterly.  

Campbelltown Youth Mental Health Network

This network of interdisciplinary practitioners is currently seeking a coordinator.  Coordinators have the full support of a MHPN project officer who assists them with network administration and organisation.  A number of PHN staff members around Australia are network coordinators, and PHNs support many MHPN networks.  

MHPN network meetings can be a platform to discus PHN priority areas such as, coordinated clinical and stepped care, long-term and acute mental illness, therapeutic interventions such as mental health coaching, digital technologies and early intervention, and the promotion of physical and mental health.