Mental health

Poor mental health can be short term or lifelong, and include mood, anxiety, personality, psychotic, and compulsive disorders.  About three million Australians are living with depression or anxiety; and around eight people commit suicide daily in Australia.

Mental Health and SEMPHN

SEMPHN commissions primary mental health services to support people with mild mental illness and to develop innovative approaches for treating those with severe illness and complex needs.

In line with the Government’s response to the National Mental Health Commission’s review of programs and services, primary mental health throughout Australia is undergoing reform.

You can read more about the changes and transition here.

To stay up to date with mental health commissioning opportunities and news, register for the SEMaphore newsletter.

Information sessions for current ATAPS and MHNIP Providers

Sessions were held on 23 March, 29 March and 6 April 2017 in different parts of the SEMPHN catchment.

The information sessions covered changes to the ATAPS and MHNIP programs, and a broad picture of the way primary mental health services will be delivered in our catchment, in line with SEMPHN’s Stepped Care Model..

  • A recording of the ATAPS provider session in Dandenong on 6 April can be viewed here. The slides can be viewed here.
  • A recording of the MHNIP provider session in Dandenong on 6 April can be viewed here. The slides can be viewed here.

A question and answer document containing collated responses from the three sessions can be found here. Questions are now closed.

Mental health referrals and services

Access To Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS)

ATAPS is a program that enables eligible people on low incomes with mild to moderate mental health issues to access short term psychological support at no cost to them. The ATAPS program contracts mental health providers in a range of locations to provide psychological interventions for ATAPS tiers (perinatal depression, suicide prevention, children, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people).

All referrals are processed through the intake line (1300 292 971) and are not valid without a PIN. Referrals require a mental health treatment plan (or child treatment plan) to be completed. Sessions are allocated in blocks of six (up to two blocks) and are time limited to four months per block. Suicide prevention referrals are valid for up to two months and provide unlimited sessions within that period.

For more information and to refer to ATAPS visit ATAPS for referrers

Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP)

The MHNIP program provides access to the services of a mental health nurse to clients with a past history of (or at risk of) hospitalisation for a mental health issue. Opportunities for referral are limited, and are processed through the intake line (1300 292 971). Referrals are not valid without a PIN.

Mental Health Compass

Mental Health Compass has an excellent Mental Health service and support finder. It was created for the Casey, Dandenong and Cardinia region but almost all the services listed are state-wide.

Alfred Health

Alfred Health mental health services listing

Alfred Health 24/7 Psychiatric triage: 1300 363 746

Monash Health

Monash Health mental health services listing

Monash Health 24/7 Psychiatric triage: 1300 369 012

Peninsula Health

Peninsula Health mental health services listing

Peninsula Health 24/7 mental health triage: 1300 792 977


headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.

Clinical Toolkit

Refer to Headspace services in the SEMPHN catchment

Partners in recovery

South Eastern Melbourne Partners in Recovery (SEMPIR) is a program that coordinates mental health support services in the South Eastern Melbourne region – Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia - for people living with severe and persistent mental health conditions.

Referral forms

Help lines for patients

NB - Other phone support lines across many mental health conditions are listed here.

Online mental health self-help for patients

Information, resources and support

  • Mindhealthconnect - Healthdirect’s mental health and wellbeing website.
  • Beyond Blue - main focus on depression and anxiety
  • Black Dog Institute - mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.
  • Sane - low and high prevalence mental health conditions
  • Reachout - under 25s and family focused online support.

Associated tags

Back to top

Font Size A+ A= A-

Funding Opportunities

Tenders, Quotes & Expression of Interest Portal

If you’re interested in applying for funding opportunities, register your interest on SEMPHN's Tenderlink page. Once you register, you’ll receive information as it’s released.


Events and Education See all


Ice training for AOD workers

External events
Tuesday, 3 October 2017
9:00 - 12:30
Punt Hill Apartments Dandenong
Allied Health Professional

See event

Ice training for Housing and Homelessness workers

External events
Tuesday, 3 October 2017
13:30 - 17:00
Punt Hill Apartments Dandenong

See event

Contact Information

Need help?

For General Practice support, please call 1300 331 981 (option 2) or email

Looking for staff? A job?

Check-out our local primary health jobs page.

Subscribe to latest updates from SEMPHN