MENTAL HEALTH NURSE INCENTIVE PROGRAM
People with a mental health condition benefit from frequent and regular contact with their treating health professionals.
The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program is federally-funded and enables mental health nurses to assist private psychiatrists in the coordination of treatment and care of their private practice patients. The program offers a range of patient-focused services across a variety of settings, such as via the telephone, at the patient’s home or at another mutually convenient location. However, it is not a crisis or hospital substitution service.
Participation in the program is at no cost to the patient as the program is funded
by Medicare Australia. You do not need to have private health cover to access
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM INVOLVE?
Mental health nurses work in collaboration with the person's psychiatrist to
develop and deliver a clear and documented integrated treatment plan. This
plan may include one or more of the following elements:
|providing information and strategies to better cope with daily stressors,|
|providing information on physical health and general wellbeing|
|providing assistance with understanding and managing medication effectively|
|liaising closely with family and carers, as appropriate and with the patient's consent|
|helping the patient to link into and utilise other community health and support services|
|increasing functioning within the patient's home environment and the community|
|monitoring improvements in the patient's mental health|
|reducing the frequency of required hospital admissions.|
HOW CAN I ACCESS THE PROGRAM?
Entry into Toowong Private Hospital's Mental Health Nurse Initiative Program is
through referral from the person's treating psychiatrist to the Community Services Manager. The Community Services Manager will determine the person's eligibility according to the criteria set down by the Department of Health and Ageing.
Should the person be eligible, they will be contacted by a nurse to arrange an initial assessment and organise ongoing support and follow-up.