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Mental Health

The PHN is committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of the Hunter, New England and Central Coast communities with a focus on suicide prevention. The PHN recognises the importance of a system-wide approach to enhancing mental health outcomes for individuals and communities.

Here you will find resources and information that will assist your practice to support the mental health and wellbeing of your patients.

To submit questions, join the conversation and download resources, join our mental health community of practice: Mental Health Community of Practice | HNECC PHN peoplebank

Data and Dashboard

Data Extraction

CAT4 Recipes

PenCS has several recipes you can use to focus on the mental health of your patients. To identify patients who have a diagnosis that is not recognised by CAT4 please search for ‘bulk clean-up of free text diagnosis’ on the PenCS Website. To identify the patients eligible for mental health treatment plans or reviews, pleas search ‘mental health treatment plan’ or ‘mental health treatment plan review’ on the PenCS website.

The PHN provides free licencing to the PenCS suite of products (It combines platforms of the Clinical Audit Tool (CAT4), PAT CAT and Topbar) for the extraction of data from general practices to support with:

  • Quality Improvement
  • Accreditation standards
  • Practice Incentive Program (PIP) Quality Improvement (QI)
  • Population Health planning/support (Comprehensive General Dashboard Reports).

It is compatible with most of the General Practice Clinical Information Systems (CIS). All identifiable data extracted from a Clinical Information System using CAT Plus is securely stored within the practice and not moved offsite.

For more information on the PenCS suite of tools please visit and for more information and support with General Practice Data please contact your PCIO.

The Patient
Community of Practice

Join the Mental Health Community of Practice

This PHN’s Communities of Practice (CoP) are open to primary care providers within the Hunter, New England & Central Coast Primary Health Network region to share ideas and resources to support quality improvement activities.

Anyone associated with a primary care organisation in the Hunter, New England and Central Coaswt regions is welcome to request membership of the CoP.

Evidence of employment in a primary care organisation or evidence of working closely with primary care clinicians will be required.

Please note that any resources contributed to this site can be viewed by members of that CoP and by sharing them you agree that others can use and adapt them freely.

To join the Community of Practice for Mental Health, please email Hannah Jenkins at

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