Mental health support funded by Inland Rail

Inland Rail is committed to supporting the wellbeing of the communities we operate in by partnering with Primary Health Networks (PHNs) along the alignment who deliver free and independent mental health services.

Narromine to Narrabri landscape

Our partnership with Western NSW PHN is supporting delivery of the NewAccess Program, including upskilling and training of staff to deliver the program.

NewAccess is an early intervention program that includes six coaching sessions. Coaches support patients to understand issues causing them distress and provide practical skills to manage stress and get back to feeling like themselves. Anyone living in the Western NSW PHN region aged over the age of 16 is eligible.

NewAccess is delivered by Marathon Health. Click here or call 02 6333 2838 for more information.

We especially encourage people who may have been affected by the recent floods and feel they need a mental health boost, to consider this option.

Services can be accessed face-to-face or on the phone and no GP referral is required. Sessions are free and independent of Inland Rail.

The services offer support to local people who may be:

  • managing stress and anxiety
  • needing to build self-confidence and coping skills
  • require support for grief, trauma or loss
  • needing to address issues with alcohol and other drugs, gambling, or other addictions; or
  • caring for someone with a mental health concern.

In addition, we are working with the PHN to increase speech pathology assessments for 20 young children with complex needs in preschools and schools in Gilgandra, Gulargambone, Warren and Narromine. This important work will enable children on waiting lists to be assessed earlier so they can access more targeted assistance.

Following assessment, children with complex needs can be referred to a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funded service provider.

Working through PHNs, we can also inform local and regional health and allied-health professionals as well as GPs about the types and timing of Inland Rail activities which may cause concern for some residents.