Authors: Northwest Area Mental Health (a program of Melbourne Health) and The Northwest Metropolitan Melbourne Division of General Practice
Event: 2002 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Gold
Award category: Shared Care Program
Abstract: The acronym CLIPP, describing the service and the model developed, has stood for Consultation and Liaison In Primary-care Psychiatry. The CLIPP program provides a model of sustainable linkage between primary medical care and secondary specialist psychiatric services. Its development over nine years has consistently involved input from General Practitioners, Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychiatric Nurses. The program combines strategies of co-location of mental health staff with general practitioners, consultation liaison clinical work, a specialist case management role in transfer of care, and clinical case registration and tracking procedures to support effective and acceptable client care. Description of Facility/Organisation: The CLIPP program development over nine years has consistently involved input from general practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, administrative staff, consumers, and the full range of area mental health service management and the continuing active collaboration of the local division of general practice. Funding is from a range of sources, including medicare billing, recurrent area mental health service funding, with specific additional activities supported by continuing academic funds and periodic research funds. In the NorthWest Area Mental Health Service in Metropolitan Melbourne the program works in collaboration with seven group general practices, involving at any one time about 40 GPs.