Psychological Therapy Services commissioned by PHNs

Psychological Therapy Services commissioned by PHNs

Page last updated: 14 August 2017

The Australian Government is committed to delivering an efficient and effective primary health care system through the establishment of Primary Health Networks (PHNs). Evidence indicates that health systems with strong integrated primary health care at their core are both effective in improving patient outcomes and experiences and efficient at delivering appropriate services where they are needed most.

On 1 July 2015, 31 PHNs were established to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of primary care health services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and to improve coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time. PHNs will achieve these objectives by working directly with general practitioners, other primary health care providers, secondary care providers and hospitals to facilitate improved outcomes for patients.

From 1 July 2016, Psychological Therapy and mental health care coordination services such as those previously provided by the former Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS), Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP) and Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Areas (MHSRRA) programs are now delivered by PHNs.

More information about the primary mental health services provided by PHNs is available at the PHN website: To find your local PHN, search by your address or postcode from the map locator.