Initial Assessment and Referral

In the 2021-2022 Budget, the Australian Government, through the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan (the Plan) is expanding and implementing the Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) tool in primary care. The IAR Guidance and Decision Support Tool (IAR DST) assists general practitioners and clinicians to recommend the most appropriate level of care for a person seeking mental health support.

People may present with a range of interrelated factors that can make it challenging for a GP or clinician to determine the most appropriate level of stepped care to meet their individual needs. The tool provides a standardised, evidence-based and objective approach to assist with mental health care recommendations.

Please click here to view the IAR Snapshot provided for further information.

Country SA PHN is pleased to introduce Sally Patten as the Training and Support Officer for the IAR for the Mental Health Care Project.

Most recently Sally has been Country SA PHN’s Bushfire Response Coordinator. Sally is a Registered Nurse who has previously provided education and support to general practice. Sally will be managing the broad roll-out of the IAR DST across country South Australia over the next three years.

Sally will play an integral role in supporting the training and delivery of the IAR initiative across country South Australia and Country SA PHN looks forward to engaging and working in collaboration with the country South Australian primary care community.

Country SA PHN welcomes you to reach out to Sally should you have any queries in this initial stage of the IAR roll-out and as we progress with the delivery of the IAR training for GPs:

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