Information for service providers and Primary Health Networks
Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health conditions in Australia.
Nearly three million Australians live with depression and/or anxiety, which affect their wellbeing, personal relationships, career and productivity.1 Only 35 per cent of Australians with anxiety and depression access treatment.2 Men are less likely to seek help than women, with only 1 in 4 men who experience anxiety or depression accessing treatment.3
There are many different reasons why people are not seeking support. It can be a matter of where they live, the cost or the stigma they feel. Some people feel that they aren’t ‘sick enough’ to see a doctor and some are unaware of their options. For others, it just seems too hard.
NewAccess is a way to improve access to Low Intensity CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety.
Key features of NewAccess:
- Improves psychological wellbeing by offering assisted and/or self-guided Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to Australian adults with mild to moderate depression and anxiety, who are not currently accessing existing mental health services.
- Provides direct access to mental health services via simple referral pathways e.g. self-referral.
- Complements the existing mental health services to reach ‘hard to reach’ populations groups, especially men and people in communities where access and uptake of services is lower.
- Has a high level of measurability with clear metrics and reporting systems to assess progress and effectiveness.
- Can rapidly establish a new mental health workforce.
- People requiring more intensive treatment are referred to more appropriate services. Throughout the program, people may also be linked to complementary community networks and engage with other support service providers should they require it i.e. employment, financial or housing assistance.
Integrating NewAccess into the public health system
NewAccess has been successfully delivered in three trial sites in the Australian Capital Territory, North Coast New South Wales (both PHNs) and through a community services organisation (UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide) located in South Australia.
NewAccess has been delivered alongside other mental health services within these organisations (such as psychological therapy programs, and Partners in Recovery (PIR)) and people presenting with less severe needs have been met by NewAccess.
Self-referral and other non-medical pathways such as a friend and community services, enable people to access support in a much easier way which thereby increases interest and uptake.
An independent evaluation of the program by Ernst&Young shows:
- A recovery rate of 67.5 per cent recovery rate in people that have participated in the program.4
- NewAccess overcomes stigma: Free entry, multiple referral pathways including self-referral, either face-to-face or over the phone sessions, no labelling and practical exercises are some of the features that actively reduce stigma barriers.
- NewAccess is user-friendly, clients are effectively engaged and stay with the treatment.
- The program attracts those who traditionally do not seek help, such as men.
- People’s mental health improves dramatically following the program, and has lasting effect.
- The program is successful in diverse demographic catchments.
- The new coach workforce and supervision structure is highly effective.
To read the summary evaluation report please download the PDF below:
To speak to beyondblue about NewAccess in more detail, please email NewAccess
1. For a full list of references for the statistics on this page, and any others across the website, please visit the references page and search through the relevant category.
4. Edwards, K., Lunn, J., Baass, B. (2015) beyondblue NewAccess Demonstration Independent Evaluation. Melbourne: Ernst & Young.