Mental Health GP Shared Care
Studies have shown that a holistic approach to patient care, including strong collaboration between GPs and mental health services, leads to improved patient outcomes.
The Mental Health GP Shared Care webpage is a directory of mental health service details, information and resources to better support GPs in the shared care of mental health patients.
Below you will find guidelines and templates to help you establish a shared care arrangement to exchange clinical information and support shared decision making for your patient.
You will also find
- catchment boundaries to help you locate the right mental health team for your patient
- contact details for clinical assistance and specialist advice
- information and resources to complete physical and metabolic health assessments for mental health service patients
- referral forms and details.
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Information for GPs
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
Central Adelaide Local Health Network
Women’s and Children’s Health Network
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) – Information for Other Services
- Helen Mayo House – Information for Service Providers
Regional Mental Health Services
Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA)
- For information about all alcohol and other drug treatment and support services in South Australia visit Know Your Options.
- Clinical information for health professionals
- Drug and alcohol publications and resources for health professionals
- Other DASSA service and programs for clinicians
Mental Health Services
All SA Health mental health services are listed on the Mental Health Services page.
Adult Community Mental Health Services Map
If you are unsure which adult community mental health service an area falls under, view the adult community mental health service map (PDF 146KB).
Rural Community Mental Health Services Contact list
View the rural community mental health service contact details (PDF 60KB) and the regional Local Health Network map.
Older Person Mental Health Services (OPMHS) Map
If you are unsure which OPMHS community mental health service an area falls under, view the OPMHS catchment boundaries (PDF 68KB).
For urgent referrals please call Mental Health Triage on 13 14 65. The SA Health Mental Health Triage Service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Urgent Mental Health Care Centre
The Urgent Mental Health Care Centre (UMHCC) offers an alternative to presenting at hospital Emergency Departments for a mental health crisis.
The UMHCC takes walk-ins and you can also refer patients to the UMHCC by calling 08 8448 9100.
For more information and current operating times visit the UMHCC website or see the resources below:
Referrals to Community and Older Persons Mental Health Teams
For non-urgent referral to SA Health mental health services please complete the non-urgent referral form (PDF 126KB) and fax through to the relevant local Community Mental Health Team. Contact details for each Mental Health Team are listed on the form.
Alternatively, additional formats of the form compatible with clinical management software are also available below:
- Non-urgent mental health service referral form – Best Practice (RTF 11KB)
- Non-urgent mental health service referral form – Medical Director (RTF 888KB)
- Non-urgent mental health service referral form – Zedmed (RTF 260KB)
Instructions on how to import these forms into clinical management applications are provided below:
- Importing templates into Best Practice - fact sheet (PDF 54KB)
- Importing templates into Medical Director - fact sheet (PDF 55KB)
- Importing templates into Zedmed - fact sheet (PDF 57KB)
Referrals to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
Referrals to Drug and Alcohol Services SA (DASSA)
Visit the DASSA referral information webpage.
Clinical Information Exchange
The following templates can be utilised to share clinical information with SA Health mental health services in the care of shared patients.
- Community Mental Health Service GP Liaison Clinical Information Exchange (PDF 112KB)
- Community Mental Health Service GP Liaison Clinical Information Exchange (RTF 10MB)
- Community Mental Health Service GP Liaison Clinical Information Exchange – Medical Director (PDF 8KB)
- Community Mental Health Service GP Liaison Clinical Information Exchange – Zedmed
Clinical Programs and Practice Guidelines
The SA Health Clinical Practice Guidelines assist health care providers in the appropriate management of their patients.
Clinical practice guidelines are evidence based statements that include recommendations intended to optimise patient care and assist health care practitioners to make decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances. Clinical practice guidelines should assist clinicians and patients in shared decision making.
Visit the Mental health for health professionals webpage for relevant clinical programs and practice guidelines.
Visit the Medicines and drugs webpage for relevant clinical programs and practice guidelines.
Specialist advice phone lines
GP Psychiatry Support Line
Psychiatrists answer your queries Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.
Phone: 1800 161 718.
Alternatively, there is an option to book a call back from a psychiatrist at a chosen date and time on the GP Psychiatry Support website.
Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS)
7 days a week including public holidays, 8.30 am to 10.00 pm.
Phone: (08) 7087 1742
Website: Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service - contact information and provides useful information sheets for GPs.
Statewide Eating Disorder Service
Professionals can contact the Statewide Eating Disorder Service for advice, liaison and education to help care for people with an eating disorder. An intake clinician is available during business hours and will respond to your enquiry promptly.
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) 9.00 am to 4.30 pm
Phone: (08) 7117 8800
Fax: (08) 7117 8844
Website: Statewide Eating Disorder Service - SEDS referring instructions including Brief Guide to the Medical Monitoring of Patients with an Eating Disorder (PDF 64KB) and SEDS referral form (PDF 656KB)
Clinical guidance including suggested GP management and referral pathways can be found at HealthPathways SA. To register for a login, please complete the short Health Pathways login form. Even if the pathway has not been localised for South Australia, the clinical guidance for GP assessment and primary care management will be up to date and written by colleagues in New Zealand.
Medication resources, regulations and requirements
- Choice and Medication © - SA Health portal
- Drugs of dependence
- Intramuscular Injection Techniques
- Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD) – Regulatory information and resources
- Prescribing medicines and drugs: Regulations and requirements
Physical and Metabolic Health
Have you completed a physical and metabolic health assessment for mental health patients in the last 6 months?
In accordance with the Equally Well (PDF 2.3MB) and RANZCP consensus statement (PDF 612KB) recommendations, mental health clinicians in conjunction with GPs are encouraged to ensure mental health service consumers have a physical health assessment every six months and encourage them to look after their physical health. For information and resources visit the Metabolic Health webpage for clinicians.
COVID-19 Mental Health Support
To support the mental health of South Australians during this time we have established a Mental Health Support Network of services based locally in SA. The COVID-19 mental health support page provides information about the services and other resources for mental health support during this challenging time.
The Australian Government’s Department of Health also provides mental health resources for health professionals via their Head to Health website.
Aboriginal Support Resources
- Aboriginal Mental Health Clinical practice Guideline and Pathway
- Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Members Directory
- Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation – Ngangkari Services
- Australian Government’s Department of Health – Head to Health Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- KWY – assists families with several unique family-based and led services options designed for families by families.
- Watto Purrunna Aboriginal Primary Health Care Sites
- Working with Stolen Generations GP fact sheet (PDF 1.5MB)
LGBTIQA Support Resources
- Health Direct – Mental health resources for LGBTI community
- Beyond Blue
- Rainbow Directory SA – LGBTIQA+ services and activities
- Shine SA
- QLife – LGBTI peer support and referral
- Trans Health SA – Resources for the Gender Diverse Community of SA
- Uniiting Communities - LGBTIQA+ support
Suicide Prevention Resources
Training for GPs
- SA Health Mental health training is available to GPs – fees apply.
- Drug and alcohol training and development
- Australian Medical Placements Health Education and Training (AMPHEaT)
- General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration – Mental Health Training and Education
- South Australia Postgraduate Medical Education Association (SAPMEA)
- The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners - Education