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Primary Mental Health

The Adelaide PHN has commissioned Primary Mental Health services in the Adelaide metropolitan region. This webpage will be updated regularly with new information on the transition and development of Adelaide’s Primary Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug services.

A centralised referral service receives all referrals from the region and allocate the referrals to the most appropriate provider. This is a same day service which operates from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

  • Central Referral Fax Number: 1300 580 249
  • Mental Health Enquiry line: 1300 898 213

Northern Health Network (NHN) and Links to Wellbeing (a consortium of Neami National, Uniting Care Wesley Bowden, Mind Australia and Mental Illness Fellowship SA) are the major primary mental health service providers for the metropolitan Adelaide region.

NHN will provide services in the northern and central western areas of Adelaide, and Links to Wellbeing in the central and southern areas. Download Map Here  or Download Postcodes Here

Please download full list of service providers here: Service Providers

The new Primary Mental Health services will:

  • Provide a comprehensive range of services in the Adelaide region, across the age range and diagnostic criteria (from mild to chronic) with a stepped care approach and will encompass evidence based regional mental health and suicide prevention planning.
  • Ensure easier access so those in need can be referred to the most appropriate service in the right place and at the right time.
  • Be closely linked with Country SA PHN to ensure equity and access across the whole of South Australia.

Primary Mental Health Care Services Referrals and Enquiries Communique October 2016
Primary Mental Health Service Provider Announcement 22/6/2016



GP-PASA is a unique South Australian service assisting General Practitioners and patients with accessing one-off psychiatric assessments provided under MBS Item Number 291. GP-PASA aims to improve access to clinical psychiatric advice and input for general practitioners and their patients. Psychiatrists participating in the service provide GP-PASA with future available appointments, which are filled by general practitioners for patients appropriate for a one-off psychiatric assessment and management plan under MBS Item Number 291.

Following a review of the service by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and Adelaide Primary Health Network, GP-PASA is now looking for psychiatrists interested in providing appointments.

Being part of GP-PASA is now easier than ever, simply go to the dedicated website and select PSYCHIATRISTS REGISTRATION from the menu for further information and an electronic sign up form or call GP-PASA directly on 1800 721 899.


Referrers Information

Adelaide PHN's Primary Mental Health Care Services Brochure

General Communique click here to download

Referral Pathways Flowchart click here to download

Primary Mental Health Care Services Flowchart click here to download

Frequently Asked Questions click here to download

Referral Forms / Templates and Instructions can be downloaded from the Publications & Resources section. Simply filter to Clinical Templates to find the right template for you.


Service Provider Information

Summary of the implementation process of stepped care and primary mental health reform in Adelaide - click here
Service Provider Communication click here to download

Community and Client Information

The Adelaide PHN is committed to ensuring the transition process is as minimally disruptive to clients and providers as possible.

Client Communication click here to download



Please contact the Adelaide PHN directly on 8219 5900 if you have any questions or pass our details on to any providers or clients who may have transition related questions.

This webpage will be updated regularly with new information on the transition and development of Adelaide’s Primary MH & AOD services.

If you wish to be added to the Adelaide PHN’s subscription list to receive updates in regards to the transition, including new referral arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us on



The following contact numbers may be helpful if you require emergency assistance.

  • Mental Health Triage: 13 14 65
  • Life Line:  13 11 14
  • Suicide Call back Service: 1300 659 467
  • All Hours Suicide Support Service: 1800 859 585