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 Western Sydney PHN area. 

For more information about active networks in the Western Sydney area or how to start a network, contact MHPN on 1800 209 031 or email contactus@mhpn.org.au

Doonside Thrive@Five Healthy Minds

At the network's most recent meeting, 16 local practitioners attended a meeting organised by Western Sydney PHN.  The topic, Update on Mental Health discussed some of the new initiatives in western Sydney and outline how to access these services.    With significant reform within the mental health sector in recent years, there has been a shift to a regional response to mental health services through the Primary Health Networks. WentWest, the Western Sydney Primary Health Network is responsible to commissioning a large number of mental health services in the region to meet local need.

This network brings together practitioners and service providers who support families with children 0-5 years with emotional, behavioural & mental health challenges in Doonside. Network meetings feature service overviews, case discussions, & networking.

Hills District Peer Review

This newly established network is coordinated by local psychiatrist, Dr Padmini Howpage and Psychologist Nutritionist & Teacher, Rosemary Boon. The membership is mainly made up of psychologists and it is seeking new members from other core mental health professionals. Meetings focus on case discussions presented by the members relating to a specific area of practice or treatment. 

Blacktown MHPN

The Blacktown Network is coordinated by staff at WentWest/Western Sydney PHN – Bill Campos, Head of Mental Health Services.  The network meets quarterly and features presentations and discussions around local mental health priorities, particularly for private practitioners within primary care and core mental health services.  On the 16th of August, the network listened to a presentation on 'An Introduction to Stepped Care'.

Parramatta Network

This is long standing network of core mental health professionals includes psychologists, social workers and OTs, mainly from the private sector of practice. Meetings are held at Northside West Clinic and feature presentations by members and guest speakers. Also, a group discussion over dinner on various topics across the spectrum of mental health.  

The most recent meeting featured a presentation and group discussion on Emotion Focused Therapy by network coordinator and psychologist, Steve Sutton. The next meeting in early May will feature a presentation on the treatment of Personality Disorders by Psychiatrist, Dr Stephen Hook.