The Department of Social Services has undertaken extensive analysis and consultation including public consultation in April 2018 through a discussion paper.

Key suggestions from stakeholders included -

- Aligning service areas to an existing Government service delivery boundary structure, with a strong preference for the Primary Health Network (PHN) regions.

- Containing service areas within state and territory jurisdiction boundaries.

- Avoiding artificial division of metropolitan service delivery areas.

The consultation also indicated the carer provider sector has the capability, capacity and willingness to establish and manage consortia required to deliver across large service areas.

There will be 16 Carer Gateway service areas under the new model; defined service areas that align to existing PHN regions; each service area is based on groupings of PHN regions.

Read the full release paper - Carer Gatway Service Areas


The National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) has released its sixth national report - Monitoring Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Reform - National Report 2018.

The report considers the status of Australia's core national mental health and suicide prevention reforms, and their impact on the wellbeing of consumers and carers.

The National Report highlights progress in mental health reforms across Australia; the key reforms covered in the report, which the NMHC will continue to monitor and report on, are the NDIS, PHN's, physical health, the mental health workforce and the Fifth Plan.

This report is only one mechanism that the NMHC will be using to monitor and report on Australia's mental health and suicide prevention systems, and will separately report on the progress of implementation of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

NMHC will submit the report to COAG on 12th October 2018.

Download or read the report at national mental health commission website





The Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) will fund public health services to deliver the 'Early Intervention Mental Health Psychosocial Response' in partnership with community-managed mental health providers. Health services will contract community-managed mental health providers of Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS) Individualised Client Support Packages (ICSP) currently operating in the area mental health service catchments to deliver this initiative.

Read the full report....Early Intervention Mental Health Psychosocial Response

LMMHCN ANNUAL REPORT 2017/18.    LMMHCN Annual Report 2017 2018 001

During the course of 2017/18 we were excited to bring together a committee of skilled representatives of organisations in the sector to form the Carer Consultation Taskforce; the Taskforce has now wound down and the final report is under review.  we thank the participating organisations for giving their time, wisdom and enthusiasm to come together as one voice to improve mental health carer support services; this reflects the importance of advocating for and on behalf of mental health carers throughout the Loddon Mallee Region. 

The Carers Consultation Taskforce was complimented by the following organisations:-

Bendigo Health Carer Support Services, Bendigo Health Psych Services, Murray Primary Health Networks, Carers Victoria, Golden City Support Services, Dept. Health & Human Services (State) and a consumer representative.

Download/Read the full Annual Report here.....LMMHCN Annual Report 2017 2018


Wellways has won a 2 year Australian Government contract to develop and pilot innovative carer coaching and face to face peer support groups. One of three community organisations chosen to deliver new online and face to face services to assist carers get the help they need before reaching crisis point.

Read the full media release ....Wellways Media Report

From September 2019 the Government will establish a new network of Regional Delivery Partners across Australia to deliver and co-ordinate local and targeted services, Regional Delivery Partners will conduct outreach activities and link to social, education, community & cultural groups to better understand regional needs.  Carers can continue to access support through their usual service providers until the commencement of the Regional Delivery Partners.

Further information can be found on the Dept. of Social Services website at,au

Download DSS fact sheet here New-Services-for-Carers

LMMHCN Committee of Management recently lodged a submission into the Accessibility and Quality of Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Australia.

Read the full report Submission

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