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Illawarra and South Coast mental health and suicide prevention services will receive $4.6 million in government funding from July 1 this year.

The announcement was made on Monday by Coordinare – the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Newtwork (PHN) which is responsible for allocating these funds.

Coordinare’s Director of Commissioning, Andrew Coe, said the group is redirecting the way mental health services are delivered.

“We went through a process of community consultations and we did an extensive health needs assessment as to where the gaps were within current service models,” he said.

“What we’ve done is invest this $4.3 mission in what we’re calling new mental health services.”

Healthcare organisations involved in developing these services include Grand Pacific Health, Headspace and Royal Far West.