Published Dec 15 2020
Older adults will benefit from increased mental health support as Merri Health today announced it will deliver its Stepped Care for Older Adults program for the next 18 months, following new funding from the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (PHN).
The new service begins 15 December 2020, and will provide psychological therapies and wellbeing support for community members in a broader catchment area that covers all the North Western Melbourne PHN region:
- Northern region: local government areas of Hume, Moreland, Darebin, Yarra, Macedon Ranges shire (Gisborne area)
- Western region: local government areas of Melton, Brimbank, Melbourne, Maribyrnong, Hobsons Bay, Wyndham, Moonee Valley, Moorabool Shire (Bacchus Marsh area)
The team are accepting referrals across the catchment for older adults experiencing, or are at risk of, mild to moderate mental illness. Also those experiencing loneliness or isolation who may need assistance reconnecting with social networks or early intervention to manage low levels of situational distress and COVID-19 impacts.
This exciting development ensures our team can continue to provide much needed social and mental health responses to older adults across northern and western suburbs of Melbourne.