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Midlands Health Network's Primary Mental Health Service makes it easier for general practice to support patients with mild to moderate mental health issues. The service lets Waikato GPs make an eReferral directly into a single point of access where referrals are triaged and forwarded to the appropriate service provider such as a primary mental health coordinator, counseling or psychology.
The service has been available since 18 November 2013 and aligns with the Ministry of Health's request to extend existing services to children and youth aged 12 to 18 years, focusing on Maori, Pacific Island and quintile five. The service for adults is from 19 years of age and above.
Each coordinator is allocated a cluster of practices, but a coordinator from outside the area may be allocated if a referral requires specific expertise. Coordinators may also work from outside the practices at venues in the community.
Referral criteria and forms are available for clinicians under Clinical Resources.