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Eastern Melbourne PHN: working together to develop an integrated physical and me

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Date: Friday 3 May
Venue: EN102, EN Building, Hawthorn Campus

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The Swinburne Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults presents an exciting series of seminars featuring guest presenters who are experts in the field of mental health and ageing to cover issues relating to late life conditions and treatments. In the next seminar, Emma Newton, will present a lecture titled Eastern Melbourne PHN: working together to develop an integrated physical and mental health system to support healthy ageing


This presentation will provide an overview of the role of the Eastern Melbourne PHN (EMPHN), highlighting EMPHN’s role in working in partnership to facilitate health system improvement for people in eastern and north eastern Melbourne. Information will be provided about EMPHN’s work to support healthy ageing in our community. This will include information about our work in chronic disease management, palliative care and advance care planning. In addition, the presentation will focus on EMPHN’s role in leading mental health, alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and suicide prevention reform and system integration. This includes discussion about the development of our Regional Integrated Mental Health, AOD and Suicide Prevention Plan, implementation of our new mental health stepped care model across our catchment, and new initiatives regarding older person’s mental health. 

About the presenter

Dr Emma Newton is the Manager, System Redesign and Service Transition, within the Mental Health and AOD directorate at the Eastern Melbourne PHN. She is a clinical psychologist by background, with a keen interest in cross-sector integration and health system redesign, working across the primary, community and tertiary health sectors.

Lisa Wright is the Manager, Integration and Redesign, within the Integrated Care directorate at the EMPHN. She has a clinical background in intensive cardiac care and hospital system redesign including mental health. Her interests include improving the role of primary care to support holistic health and wellbeing across health care sectors.

Contact Information: Aida Brydon