Let's talk about stepped care approaches to alcohol and other drug and mental health problems

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“Stepped care has two fundamental principles. Firstly, treatments delivered should always be the ‘least restrictive’, in that the burden on patients should be as low as possible whilst achieving a positive clinical outcome …. Secondly, stepped care should be self-correcting (Newman, 2000). This refers to the systematic scheduled review of patient outcomes to assist in clinical decision-making using validated outcome tools”

Richards, DA., & Suckling, R (2008) Clinical Psychology Forum



WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) has a vision of health equity for all Western Australians, resulting in people being able to access the right care in the right place at


“Stepped care has two fundamental principles. Firstly, treatments delivered should always be the ‘least restrictive’, in that the burden on patients should be as low as possible whilst achieving a positive clinical outcome …. Secondly, stepped care should be self-correcting (Newman, 2000). This refers to the systematic scheduled review of patient outcomes to assist in clinical decision-making using validated outcome tools”

Richards, DA., & Suckling, R (2008) Clinical Psychology Forum



WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) has a vision of health equity for all Western Australians, resulting in people being able to access the right care in the right place at the right time. CEO Learne Durrington recently set out the Primary Health Networks intentions regarding primary care mental health and this vision is presented in the video to the right of this page.

The document, also to the right of screen, titled 'Stepped Care: The WAPHA Way' sets out WAPHA's vision and model for the delivery of stepped care services in WA. We invite your feedback through the survey and guestbook, and your ideas for how Stepped Care could be delivered in your community or agency via the 'Brainstormer' tab.

WAPHA will work with clinicians and service providers to build a sustainable service sector that supports the needs of the community. Through this page the conversation is opened to stakeholders as part of a collaborative approach to primary care mental health in WA.

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Add your comments on WAPHA's vision for Stepped Care in WA here.