Focus on EP mental health

COUNTRY and Outback Health has been selected as the preferred provider to deliver primary mental health services on Eyre Peninsula.

As part of Country SA Primary Health Network’s objective to improve access to primary mental health services for rural South Australians, five preferred providers have been selected to deliver general mental health services to communities across the country region.

Country and Outback Health was selected to provide services to a major part of regional South Australia including Eyre Peninsula and the Far West.

Country SA Primary Health Network chief executive officer Kim Hosking said the network was looking forward to working with the preferred providers to deliver efficient and effective primary mental health services across regional South Australia.

The team at Country SA Primary Health Network has also been undertaking significant work to expand and develop services across specialist areas of mental health, including suicide prevention and alcohol and other drugs.

“We’ve been able to form strong partnerships across the region to ensure the co-design of these specialist services utilises the expertise of key organisations within the alcohol and other drugs sector, suicide prevention and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific services,” Mr Hosking said.

On Eyre Peninsula, Mr Hosking said the network would like to improve the level of services for youth and drug and alcohol support.

Country and Outback Health clinical programs manager Olivia Britcher, who is based in Port Lincoln, said the organisation was pleased to be identified as the Primary Health Network’s preferred provider.

She said Country and Outback Health was supported with state and federal funding and offered comprehensive subsidised and private services catering for all age groups presenting with mild, moderate and in some cases severe mental health problems.

“Our services are delivered face-to-face and through video conferencing and telephone.

“We are committed to helping communities attain mental health and wellbeing, providing high quality mental health services to country South Australians.

“We delivered over 26,000 occasions of service to those in need throughout the last 12 months.”

Ms Britcher said the organisation offered services across a large part of the state including Port Lincoln, Streaky Bay, Wudinna, Ceduna, Kimba, Cleve, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Roxby Downs, Coober Pedy, Jamestown, Clare, Balaklava, Kadina, Maitland, Yorketown, Ardrossan and Nuriootpa.