Authors: Dandenong Hospital Department of Psychiatry
Event: 1996 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Silver
Award category: Psychogeriatric Service
Abstract: Since 1991 a total of 101 older individuals have been placed within residential services in Dandenong, from state-wide long stay psychiatric institutions. The DAP Program is an innovative and unique service which currently responds to an average of 55 referrals per months of whom 90 percent are provided with follow up treatment or intervention. The Program has limited access to hospital base service. Over the past 12 months 756 individuals were treated within the community program of whom 46 percent were first time users of a psychiatric service. The DAP Program provides one of the most effective intervention services in Victoria and has clearly demonstrated a significant reduction in service utilisation and improved consumer/carer outcomes. Satisfaction of community service providers and clients can be demonstrated by feedback mechanisms developed by DAP Program to assist the service in developing meaningful and responsive solutions to the perceived and expressed needs of our client group and carers. Description of Facility/Organisation: Dandenong Hospital Department of Psychiatry is a mainstreamed psychiatric service that provides integrated mental health services to individuals residing in the municipalities of Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia and offers a broad range of treatment options including a 47 bed acute adult assessment facility. The DAP Program is one of the three program areas and provides assertive community based assessment, treatment and support services without the benefit of a specialist bed based unit. The population is increasing rapidly and is an ethnic mix from many nationalities including the Slavic states, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa, Germany, India, Poland, South America and South East Asia.