Mental Health Nursing Services

Healthy North Coast is funded to provide Mental Health Nursing Services (MHNS) throughout the North Coast.

The MHNS program engages community-based general practices, private psychiatric practices and mental health nurses to assist in the provision of coordinated clinical care for people with severe mental health disorders.

MHNS target clients with severe mental disorders during periods of significant disability with services maintained until the client’s disorder is no longer significantly impacting their social, personal and work life. Mental Health Nurses work with psychiatrists and general practitioners to deliver a range of services and support, for example, monitoring a client’s mental health, managing their medication and improving linkages with health professionals and clinical service providers. These services are provided in a variety of settings tailored to meet the individual needs of the client.

Mental Health Nurses engaged in the MHNS program are nationally credentialed by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and demonstrate established professional nursing practice standards through education, practice experience, professional development and professional integrity.

MHNS client eligibility and referral is determined by GPs and psychiatrists and must meet the below criteria:

  • Diagnosed with a mental illness disorder
  • The disorder is significantly impacting the client’s social, personal and work life
  • The client has been hospitalised at least once for treatment for their disorder, or at risk of hospitalisation if appropriate treatment and care is not provided
  • The client’s GP or psychiatrist has primary responsibility for the client’s clinical mental health care
  • The client has consented to receive services and/or support from a mental health nurse

Together with the mental health nurse, a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan is developed by GPs or an equivalent plan developed by psychiatrists. These plans include specific reference to the roles and responsibilities of both the mental health nurse and the treating GP. Services and support are provided according to the plan with GPs and psychiatrists regularly reviewing plans with the mental health nurse.

For further information regarding the MHNS program contact:

Philippa Visser
[email protected]

This is one of several key programs adopted on the North Coast to improve the access to and quality of mental health services in our region.

Agency: Healthy North Coast


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Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

Social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors are ineligible to list in the directory.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

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