Jacque Phillips, Chief Operations Office of Murray Primary Health Network fittingly spoke to the club on mental health with the Rotary Club's inaugural "Lift the Lid Walk" for mental health this weekend.
The Murray Primary Health Network stretches from Mildura to Corryong and includes Bendigo.
The service is 75% funded by the Commonwealth Government with 45% of funding spent on mental health and 45% on primary health. Focus to keep clients in communities with local services. Moira has 8 services Shepparton has 10 services.
Aim to provide best care suited to individual needs.
Can step up or down services, not one size fits all.
Supports disadvantaged close to home where possible.
Primary Care based on therapy, clinical care and coordination. Moves between well population, at risk, mild, moderate and severe/complex mental illness.
Royal Commission into Mental Health gave 69 recommendations.  Recommendation #4 recommended a staged approach with establishment of a board in each region with an interim regional body to advise department.
Services provided include emergency response to bushfire, flood, pandemic, health, Head to Health, Residential Care, Talk it Out, Suicide Prevention, Phycological therapy support.
Primary Mental Health - Murray PHN focus on:
  • low intensity mental health service
  • Local service for children and young people
  • Psychological therapies for vulnerable group
  • Services for people with severe and complex mental health
  • Regional approach to suicide prevention
  • Local mental health services for First Nations community.
"Head to Health" paving conversation, can be face to face. Contact 1800 595 212
Phycological Support with important focus on recovery. 58 22 8610
Headspace, focus on youth mental health. 5823 5800
Doctors in Secondary schools staffed by G.P.s and Registered Nurses to provide primary care.
Support Services:
Ambulance:  000
Lifeline:  3 11 14
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
Suicide call back service 1300 659 467