Mental Health Nurse Incentive

Mental Health Nurse Incentive

Mental Health Nurses work from general practices in Kilcoy, Kingaroy, Nanango and Wondai.

The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP) funds community based general practices, private psychiatric practices and other appropriate organisations to engage Mental Health Nurses to assist in the provision of coordinated clinical care for people with severe mental health disorders.

Mental Health Nurses work in collaboration with Psychiatrists and General Practitioners to provide services such as monitoring a patient’s mental state, medication management and improving links to other health professionals and clinical service providers.

These services are provided in a range of settings, such as clinics or patient’s homes and are provided at no cost to the patient (bulk billed through Medicare) and are not session or time limited.

Mental Health Nurses contracted under this initiative will work closely with General Practitioners to facilitate the provision of coordinated clinical care and treatment for people with severe mental disorders. Services will be provided in a range of settings, such as in clinics or at patients’ homes.

Mental Health Nurse functions will include, but not be limited to:

  • Provision of clinical nursing services for patients with severe mental disorders:
    1. Establishing a therapeutic relationship with the patient
    2. Liaising closely with family and carers as appropriate
    3. Regularly reviewing the patient’s mental state
    4. Administering, monitoring and ensuring compliance by patients’ with their medication
    5. Providing information on physical health care to patients
  • Coordination of clinical services for patients with severe mental disorders:
    1. Maintaining links and undertaking case conferencing with General Practitioners, Allied Health Workers, Psychiatrists, Psychologists etc (Medical Practitioners may be eligible to claim case conferencing items under the MBS)
    2. Coordinating services for the patient in relation to General Practitioners, Psychiatrists and Allied Health Workers, such as Psychologists, including arranging access to interventions from other health professionals as required
    3. Contributing to the planning and care management of the patient
    4. Liaison with mental health personal helpers and mentors

Contact Wayne Mann by phone on 07 4638 1377 or Email


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