Authors: Central Northern Adelaide Health Service
Event: 2005 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: SA
Award level: Winner
Award category: Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health Services in Australia or New Zealand
Abstract: Barbara Wieland (Barb as she is known throughout the service) has been instrumental in the implementation of mental health reform agendas in northern metropolitan Adelaide over the past decade, developing service delivery models in Adult and Aged Care Mental Health Services. She has enthused and led a dedicated team of mental health workers in the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative programs that have become exemplars for other mental health services across South Australia and interstate: The Borderline Personality Disorder Programme that provides a treatment model for consumers, and a training module for workers; The Exceptional Needs Programme for consumers who have multi facetted problems which require the involvement and collaboration of numerous services. A major achievement has been Barb's advocacy for consumers and carers, empowering them to take control of their illness and to own their own destiny, and has worked with them to incorporate their views and concerns when planning services. She works in one of the 8 most disadvantaged areas in Australia and continually works collaboratively with many government and non government agencies to meet the needs of mental health consumers. This year, under Barb's leadership, the Northern Mental Health Service received a recommendation for 4 year's accreditation from the Australia Council for Healthcare Standards (ACHS). The surveyors commended the Northern Mental Health Services for its achievements in consumer and carer involvement in planning services and their delivery and its ability to engage stakeholders in service delivery. Barb has seen massive changes in the treatment of people with a mental illness and feels it is a privilege to participate in the ongoing quest to keep improving mental health services Barb has been an integral part of the development of mental health services within South Australia, holding a number of senior roles in mental health over the years, including Director of Nursing, Glenside Hospital and Executive Director Mental Health Services, Lyell McEwin Health Service. Currently Barb is Service Director of the Northern Mental Health Services, Central Northern Adelaide Health Service.