Country Wellness Connections (CWC)

Community-based mental health support

Available for people who experience severe mental illness outside of the NDIS

What is Country Wellness Connections?

Country Wellness Connections (CWC) is a free community-based mental health support program that provides people living with a severe mental illness the opportunity to work with a CWC Support Worker to identify their individual needs and achieve their own recovery goals.

Eligible participants can receive a range of non-clinical psychosocial supports via group-based activities and/or individual one-on-one coaching as required.

CWC incorporates both the National Psychosocial Support Measure (NPS-M) and Continuity of Support (CoS) Programs. For more information on these programs, please visit the Department of Health’s website.

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How can I access Country Wellness Connections?

Please click here to be directed the CWC Psychosocial Services Directory where you can find contact details for the below organisations providing CWC in their respective Country SA PHN regions.

Sara Manser

Contract Manager

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Brett Williams, General Manager SA, Mind Australia speaking to ABC Riverland SA Radio - 16 June 2022

Service Providers Regions

Table 1: Snapshot of Psychosocial Supports available

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)People with severe mental illness which is associated with a significant and enduring psychosocial functional disability.Potentially ongoing psychosocial disability services and care coordination delivered as part of an individualised care package.
**Commonwealth Psychosocial Support ProgramPeople who experience severe mental illness and associated psychosocial functional impairment who are not receiving psychosocial supports under the NDIS or state and territory programs.Psychosocial supports that strengthen the capacity of participants to live independently, safely and productively in their community; form meaningful connections in a supportive environment; and reduce the need for acute care. Those requiring higher levels of support may be supported to test eligibility for the NDIS.
Mainstream community support programs, and/or informal family and social support and connectionsPeople who are affected by severe mental illness, but who do not have significantly reduced psychosocial functional capacity.Non-specialised services available if required. These could include mainstream vocational, social support or family support services. Informal social support and connections could also come from family or friends.

** provided through Country SA PHN’s Country Wellness Connections Program