Head to Health is an Australian Government service making it easier for GPs and other health professionals to support the mental health of the people they look after, and those who support them, through improving access to, and coordination of, mental health services in their local community.
Head to Health Digital Platform – headtohealth.gov.au
The Head to Health website includes over 750 evidence based digital mental health resources, apps and online programs. This includes dedicated online forums, peer support services, chat and email services.
Head to Health Assessment and Referral Phone Service – 1800 595 212
This state-wide phone service offers free confidential assessment and referral for anyone seeking help for their mental and emotional wellbeing and/or wanting to support a patient, or someone they care about.
All Head to Health mental health clinicians are trained in and use the Initial Assessment and Referral Decision Support Tool (IAR-DST) to determine the most appropriate level of care for individuals seeking mental health support. One referral is all the GP needs to make as once the patient is accepted into the Head to Health system, they are connected to the most appropriate services and supports.
If patients call the phone service number directly, a qualified clinician will use the IAR-DST to guide them to suitable treatment options to support their level of need.
Training is also available for GPs in the use of this tool. Designed to complement the GP or clinician’s clinical judgement, IAR-DST is best used as part of a comprehensive mental health assessment.
GPs and other health professionals can find more information by visiting wapha.org.au/iar-dst/
Head to Health Centres – 1800 595 212 or headtohealth.gov.au
Head to Health Centres aim to improve access to mental health services for people whose condition is too complex for primary care but doesn’t meet the criteria for an emergency department visit. They offer a walk-in service providing advice, support and, if needed, assessment and treatment for people 18 years and over experiencing emotional and psychological distress. There are currently sites in Midland, Gosnells and Mirrabooka.