Authors: Ryde Community Mental Health Service
Event: 1998 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Gold
Award category: Exceptional Contribution
Abstract: The CREATE team (Community Recreation, Education Access, Training and Employment) is a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation service that has redefined itself during the development of the Vocational Training Support program, "Cornucopia," to ensure that all consumer needs are addressed. The team works to develop partnerships with other organisations to provide opportunities in the areas of work, recreation, leisure, education and training. The CREATE team has evolved from a small rehabilitation team of mental health professionals to a much more broadly skilled group from a range of backgrounds, including education, health promotion and vocational training. "Cornucopia" is an initiative of CREATE/Ryde Community Mental Health Services that provides vocational training and employment for people who have experiences a mental illness. Cornucopia means 'Horn of Plenty - Bountiful Harvest.' Auspiced by the Macquarie Area Rehabilitation Service Inc. (MARS Inc. Not for Profit Organisation) it is the pivotal point for a range of business activities and employment in Property & Garden Maintenance and in Cafe & Functions catering. A tripartite research project looking at social, psychological and vocational outcomes in in progress, but it is already identifying the financial and self-esteem rewards for consumers. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Ryde Community Mental Health Service is a sub-area of the Northern Sydney Area Health Service, that provides comprehensive 24 hour mental health services to the residents of the Ryde and Hunters Hill Local Government Areas. The total population served is currently 108,000 people, over an area of approximately 46,224 square kilometres. 30,000 people in the area are from a non English speaking background. The service has three core compoents: Acute, Rehabiltation, Aged Care Mental Health. The Gladesville Macquare Hospital provides 7 acute inpatient beds for the service, that involves a 'gate keeping' partnership to ensure assertive community intervention options are provided. Significant innovative activities include: Vocational Support enteprise Cornucopia and the partnership with MARS Inc.; Respite and Young Adult Early Intervention Accommodation; Comprehensive Aged Mental Health & SHared Care practices. The Service also has a significant partnership with consumer representatives, who provide consumer advocacy and input into the monitoring and the development of the service.