Primary Health Network resources

Primary Health Network resources

'Bridging the gap: an introduction to implementation science'

To stimulate the thinking of those involved in developing, planning, commissioning, and providing youth mental health programs, this brief guide provides an overview of the implementation science field

'Clinical considerations when working with complex young people in primary care'

This paper discusses some of the clinical challenges that PHNs, providers and clinicians may need to consider.

'Co-designing with young people: The fundamentals'

Worldwide, there is an ever-increasing expectation that youth mental health care be co-designed with young people. Whilst many organisations see the value of partnering with young people, there is much confusion about what co-design is and the term is often mistakenly used to describe any type of youth participation.Developed with members of Orygen’s Youth Advisory Council and Primary Health Network Advisory Group, this guide will be useful to anyone involved in designing, commissioning or delivering mental healthcare for young people.

'Designing mental health services for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds'

Young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds commonly face a range of barriers to accessing services that are not experienced by Australian-born young people. These two documents were produced by the Centre for Multicultural Youth to assist commissioners and service providers to better support the mental health of these young people.

'Program evaluation: laying the right foundations'

Mental ill-health is the most common health issue affecting young people, with 75% of mental health issues having their onset before the age of 25 years. Whilst there are a range of evidence-based interventions and programs demonstrated to improve outcomes in young people with mental ill-health, it is a substantial challenge to implement them and maintain their quality in the ‘real world’. One way that we can improve the quality of mental health care provided to young people is to effectively make use of program evaluation.

'Youth mental health service models and approaches'

The document provides a ‘framework for thinking’ about youth mental health services and programs and poses various considerations for Primary Health Networks. Examples of good practice are included throughout, as well as background information on a range of relevant topics and links to additional information and resources.