Authors: Bendigo Health Care Group, Division of Psychiatry
Event: 1996 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Silver
Award category: Child and Adolescent Service
Abstract: The Child and Adolescent Mental Health service is no longer the "poor cousin" among mental health services in the Loddon/Southern Mallee region. The service has gone out into the community and adopted a creative and intelligent approach to tackling problems and in dealing with the increasing workload its very move into the community has generated. The service has successfully joined other welfare agencies in helping children and their parents and guardians in remote towns and regions with professional, high quality care. Description of Facility/Organisation: The service operates throughout the Loddon/Southern Mallee region from bases in Bendigo, Swan Hill and Kyneton. It provides visiting services to remote areas. With 35% of the region's population under the age of 20 it has a total catchment of some 70,000. It has a total clinical staff of 10.5 including a child psychiatrist, psychologists, social workers and nurses.