Mental Health Initial Assessment and Referral Project

In 2019, the Commonwealth Government released the National Primary Health Network Guidance: Initial Assessment and Referral for Mental healthcare. This document sets out the requirements that Primary Health Networks (PHNs) throughout Australia are expected to follow to support nationally consistent evidence-informed Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR ) service.

WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) is seeking to develop an IAR service across the Perth North, Perth South and Country WA PHNs which aims to improve the consistency and quality of the mental health IAR processes leading to better treatment outcomes for people experiencing mental health issues.

In order to develop such a service, WAPHA is undertaking an IAR project which is anticipated to run until mid 2022. This project will involve the designing and piloting of a viable service model and plan for the IAR’s wide scale implementation.


GP Advisory Group

WA Primary Health Alliance is establishing a GP Advisory Group to support the development and piloting of a standardised Initial Assessment and Referral process for people with mild to moderate mental illness.

Nominations are invited from GPs who have:

  • expertise and/or experience in primary mental health care
  • work with people experiencing significant disadvantage and barriers to accessing appropriate mental health care, and
  • are committed in improving these services irrespective of expertise and/or experience.

Take a look at the Commonwealth Primary Health Network Guidance for an overview of the purpose and considerations of the Initial Assessment and Referral project.

Nominations have now closed. Please check back for updates.

if you have any queries about the GP Advisory Group, please contact Claire Walton, Project Officer via claire.walton@wapha.org.au


In 2019, the Commonwealth Government released the National Primary Health Network Guidance: Initial Assessment and Referral for Mental healthcare. This document sets out the requirements that Primary Health Networks (PHNs) throughout Australia are expected to follow to support nationally consistent evidence-informed Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR ) service.

WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) is seeking to develop an IAR service across the Perth North, Perth South and Country WA PHNs which aims to improve the consistency and quality of the mental health IAR processes leading to better treatment outcomes for people experiencing mental health issues.

In order to develop such a service, WAPHA is undertaking an IAR project which is anticipated to run until mid 2022. This project will involve the designing and piloting of a viable service model and plan for the IAR’s wide scale implementation.


GP Advisory Group

WA Primary Health Alliance is establishing a GP Advisory Group to support the development and piloting of a standardised Initial Assessment and Referral process for people with mild to moderate mental illness.

Nominations are invited from GPs who have:

  • expertise and/or experience in primary mental health care
  • work with people experiencing significant disadvantage and barriers to accessing appropriate mental health care, and
  • are committed in improving these services irrespective of expertise and/or experience.

Take a look at the Commonwealth Primary Health Network Guidance for an overview of the purpose and considerations of the Initial Assessment and Referral project.

Nominations have now closed. Please check back for updates.

if you have any queries about the GP Advisory Group, please contact Claire Walton, Project Officer via claire.walton@wapha.org.au


  • CLOSED: Nominations have now closed.

    Thank you for expressing an interest in joining a WA Primary Health Alliance GP Advisory Group. Please note that there will be a participation fee paid for members who join the Group. Please read our Paid Participation Policy for more information.

    The Stakeholder Engagement Team is here to help you to navigate the nomination process. Please feel free to contact Lee Luttig, Stakeholder Relationships Officer via lee.luttig@wapha.org.au, if you require any assistance completing the form.

    Complete nomination form