Geelong gets faster mental health support


The State Government is partnering with Ambulance Victoria and Barwon Health on an innovative trial that gives people in the G21 region living with acute mental health issues faster access to specialised treatment and care.

The Prehospital Response of Mental Health and Paramedic Team (PROMPT) trial will see specialist mental health staff join paramedics in attending call-outs where mental health may be a factor.

The Victorian-first trial will mean patients are assessed and triaged sooner, and fewer patients will need to be taken to busy emergency departments.

The specialist mental health staff will arrive at call-outs in normal vehicles, removing the risk that patients may become further distressed by the sight of an ambulance.

The State Government is also building an Emergency Department Crisis Hub at University Hospital Geelong, so people needing urgent mental health treatment can get specialist, dedicated care.

The PROMPT trial is currently running and will operate from 2.30pm-11.30pm, Thursday to Monday.