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Tuesday 17  October

Mornington Peninsula: Grants open for After Hours General Practice in peak periods

SEMPHN is seeking general practices in Rosebud, Rye, Sorrento, Dromana, McCrae, Red Hill and Balnarring to expand their face-to-face After Hours services in one or both of these peak periods:

  • 1 December 2017 to 2 February 2018
  • 30 March 2018 to 21 April 2018.

Grants of up to $45,000 are available for general practices to expand their After Hours services - including weekends and some public holidays - during the sociable and unsociable after-hours period.

The funding may be used for:

  • Marketing or promotional activities (e.g. online, signage, brochures, advertising)
  • After Hours operational and/or security costs
  • Staff costs
  • Short term costs associated with General Practitioner support
  • Recruitment, retention and/or supervision of General Practitioner(s) and/or Registrars/overseas-trained doctors.

These grants are the fourth round of SEMPHN’s After-Hours funding and are to increase effective, affordable and accessible face–to-face after hours general practice services in these areas.

Key dates:

  • Tenders open: 17 October
  • Closing date for questions in Tenderlink: 2pm, 27 October
  • Tenders close: 3pm, 2 November 

To see full details, register your interest, and apply for these tenders go to SEMPHN's Tenderlink page. Please note, all questions about the tenders must be asked via the online forum on SEMPHN’s Tenderlink page.

Understand Mental Health Stepped Care in three minutes

Wondering what Stepped Care means? Confused about mental health reform?

Check out our new 3-minute video that explains SEMPHN's Mental Health Stepped Care Model.

From 1 November 2017, all referrals for SEMPHN-funded mental health services will be made through the new SEMPHN Mental Health Intake (ph: 1800 862 363).

This is a a central phone and fax line that links people with primary mental health services, including referrals into the new API and MHICC services (see below) and the existing Partners in Recovery (PiR) service.

SEMPHN also has two new primary mental health services.

  • Accessible Psychological Interventions (API) – flexible psychological services for people with mild-moderate mental illness, starting 1 November in eight Local Government Areas. Replacing Access To Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS). 

The new services are for people with health care cards or who can’t afford/access similar services and especially designed for people from hard-to-reach population groups.

For more information about referring to the new services, call SEMPHN Mental Health Intake on 1800 862 363 during business hours or visit here.