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GCPHN Commissioned Activities - Psychological Services Program, Partners in Revovery (PIR), Plus Social, Low Intensity Mental Health Services, Suicide Prevention and Indigenous Mental Health.

Mental Health

Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) is well-placed to identify local needs and ensure the coordination of services across the continuum of care is available. The GCPHN will also support improved access to services by leading mental health and suicide prevention through planning, commissioning and integration of services at a regional level to improve outcomes for people with or at risk of mental illness and/or suicide.  

For data sources, contact Data correct at date of publication November 2017.

GCPHN Commissioned  Mental Health Activities


Plus Social Program

Severe Mental Health

From 1 July 2018 a new service will commence on the Gold Coast for people with severe mental illness. This service is called the Plus Social Program. The Plus Social Program provides:
  • Service information, intake and triage service into currently funded GCPHN organisations
  • Clinical care coordination, and
  • After hours community based space.
The clinical care coordination component provides:
  • supports for individuals with, or for young people at risk of, severe mental illness
  • time limited (up to 26 weeks) clinical care coordination and wellbeing program
  • structured, recovery and goal oriented services focused on creating significant improvements in quality of life, health and wellbeing
  • the patient-centred medical home and healthcare neighbourhood model, to support integrated care and enhanced community access to supports.

Referrals to the Plus Social Program can only be from a GP or private psychiatrist. The service provider for the Plus Social Program is Primary and Community Care Services Limited.

Information in relation to when the after hours community space is accessible will be available shortly.

For more information on the Plus Social Program, please visit the Plus Social Program webpage or contact Bonnie Ellery on 07 3186 4000 or email on

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Psychological Services Program (formerly ATAPS)

The GCPHN Psychological Services Program is designed to provide people who are financially disadvantaged access to a Mental Health Professional (MHP) (psychologist, social worker, mental health nurse, occupational therapist) for psychological therapy free of charge. 

The Program provides short term psychological interventions for individuals with moderate mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression, or people who have attempted, or are at risk of suicide or self harm (non-crisis).  

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Partners in Recovery (PIR)

Partners in Recovery (PIR) aims to better support people with severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs, and their carers and families. It achieves this by having services and supports from multiple sectors they may come into contact with, and could benefit from, work in a more collaborative, coordinated and integrated way.

The PIR initiative is transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The transition from PIR to NDIS
Partners in Recovery (PIR) is in the process of being integrated into the NDIS. This will be occurring as each Local government area is transitioned into the NDIS. More information is available here

PIR-Gold Coast will be transitioning eligible consumers to the NDIS from 2nd January 2018, in preparation for the NDIS roll out on 1st July 2018.

For those who are not eligible for NDIS or who choose not to enter the scheme PIR will continue to provide support.

More information about PIR can be found at:​
More information about NDIS can be found here:

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Low Intensity Mental Health Services 

Low intensity mental health services provide evidence based psychological interventions that most appropriately support people with, or at risk of, mild mental illness (primarily anxiety and/or depressive disorders).

Two types of support are available – individual coaching and group based therapy.

The NewAccess Program developed by beyondblue includes up to 6 sessions which can be delivered over the phone, via Skype or in person. The sessions are delivered by trained mental health coaches who will guide you through a series of structured and evidence-based techniques to improve your wellbeing. This is open to anyone over 16.

Community based group programs are being held on the Gold Coast for the following target groups:

  • Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) population
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, Asexual, Pansexual and other diverse identities (LGBTIQAP+)
  • Dual Diagnosis (co-existing mental health and substance use issues)
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Suicide Prevention

The Support and Transition Program - Suicide Prevention provides a non-clinical support and transition service to people who may have recently attempted suicide, or are at risk of suicide, and have presented at either Robina or Gold Coast University Hospitals, or be an inpatient being discharged from one of these facilities.

Community workers provide coordination, linkage, and referrals to services who can provide longer term support, in line with the individuals needs.

For example, appropriate counselling and psychology services, psycho-social support services (including family support and peer/lived experience support), and social services (e.g. accommodation, employment, financial assistance/Centrelink etc). Community Workers work in partnership with the Gold Coast Health Acute Care Team.

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Indigenous Mental Health

The Indigenous mental health service provides a community and clinical service response including early intervention, care coordination and clinical case management, within a social and emotional wellbeing framework for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. A Mental Health nurse, Case Manager and Suicide Prevention Project Officer provide this support alongside an integrated Alcohol and Other Drugs service provided by both Kalwun and Krurungal Aboriginal services.
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