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Resources and Links


As part of CESPHN’s contractual obligations with the Department of Health we are required to publish a range of plans and reports which demonstrate how we are supporting the implementation of the government’s primary health care reform activities and managing the associated funding.

Below are links to a number of documents that demonstrate how we are meeting these obligations.


People with co-occurring mental health conditions and substance use are a priority in the CESPHN region, and can experience barriers to effective service provision.

Comorbidity Guidelines

The Comorbidity Guidelines website provides evidence-based information, training and resources to assist with the management of co-occurring, substance use and mental health conditions.

This website and online training program was developed by The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use.

  • Comorbidity Guidelines: Free online training is available here
  • Comorbidity Guidelines: Order a free hard copy here

Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Resource Package 

A resource package of online and telephone resources and online training has been developed to assist in providing effective support to clients with mental health and drug and alcohol conditions.

Resources provided by SESLHD Drug and Alcohol Services Comorbidity Clinical Pathways Project, funded by the Mindgardens Neuroscience Network.

Click here for more information.

Current Practices and support needs of healthcare providers in CESPHN in relation to addressing patients co-occurring mental health and alcohol and other drug issues

CESPHN funded the Matilda Centre to undertake a scoping exercise to evaluate the practices and support needs of healthcare providers in the CESPHN who work with people with co-occurring mental health and AOD issues.

  • The full final report is here.
  • A two-page bulletin summarising the report and recommendations is available here.

Mental Health and AOD Action Plan

CESPHN convened a working party to develop local solutions to increasing the capacity of the workforce to respond effectively to people with co-occurring mental health conditions and substance use.

Mental Health & AOD Action Plan PDF

Mental Health & AOD Poster

Click here to read more.

Click here to go to DHAS website.

  • K10 assessment form
    K10 is widely recommended as a simple measure of psychological distress and as a measure of outcomes following treatment for common mental health disorders.
  • National Guidance Initial and Assessment Referral for mental healthcare
    This Guidance has been developed by the Australian Department of Health to provide advice to Primary Health Networks (PHNs) on establishing effective systems for the initial assessment and referral of individuals presenting with mental health conditions in primary health care settings.
  • Suicide prevention – Safety Plan
    Assists health professionals or support person and individuals to work together in planning out safety procedures during tough times.
  • YES Survey
    Designed to gather information from consumers about their experiences of care.
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Language Guide
    The purpose of this resource is to provide workers with guidelines on how to use language to empower clients and reinforce a person-centred approach.
  • Recovery-Oriented Language Guide
    This Mental Health Recovery Oriented Language Guide aims primarily to align with trauma-informed care and practice language approaches, introduce age-related language use and promote the use of supported decision-making language.
  • Talking about Suicide: A Guide To Language
    Suicide Prevention Australia Guide to promote a positive shift in the terminology used to discuss suicide
  • Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion Language Guide
    The guide explains key terms and offers examples of language that can help us build safer, more inclusive environments for trans and gender diverse communities.
  • Demonstrating Inclusive and respective language guide
    Given the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and identities across Australia, you should always seek advice from your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders regarding preferences and protocols around terminology. Please consider these guidelines, alongside guidance from your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders.

Click here to go to the GP Support Program website.


What can you do for your client’s wellbeing while they are waiting for their first specialist mental health appointment?

What can you do actively to manage their wellbeing and help them prepare for their first appointment? 

The “While You Wait” suite of resources has been co-designed to help GPs actively manage their client’s wellbeing while they wait for their first specialist mental health appointment.

The resource suite includes:

A conversation guide for GPs

A conversation guide for GP to help them unpack their clients needs and start developing a plan.

Making Your Time Count

A patient handout

An electronic or printed pdf. document that an individual can complete to develop a plan for while they wait for their first specialist mental health appointment.

Helping you to support them

Additional Resources for GPs

Additional resources for GPs including information on how to access CESPHN services to support GPs.


This best practice guide has been developed to ensure that primary mental health services have the tools and information to effectively respond to demand.
This guide aims to:

  1.  Provide service providers with practical and implementable strategies for responding to demand and best practice management of waitlists.
  2. Improve access to timely and appropriate care and support for individuals seeking mental health services.
  3. Promote and support improved use of resources available across the Central and Eastern Sydney mental health sector.

Use the guide at your workplace now: Active Waitlist Management Guide

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