Authors: Lakeside Hospital, Ballarat
Event: 1996 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Bronze
Award category: Comprehensive Catchment Area Service
Abstract: With a 40% reduction in finance ($8.5M), Grampians Psychiatric Service has developed a number of innovative solutions to providing a comprehensive service across one of the largest (60,000 sq. km) and most sparsely populated (3.12 people per sq. km) regions in Victoria. Initiatives included child and adolescents, adult and aged care program structure. Services strategically located throughout the region, 24 hour, 7 days a week cover, the active recruitment of psychiatrists and other health staff to provide multidisciplinary teams, utilisation of GP's teleconferencing and state tracking systems for improved communication. In addition an academic focus is being developed with RANZCP Registrar rotations, medical student placements and publications. Description of Facility/Organisation: Lakeside Hospital serves as the psychiatric inpatient service (currently 69 beds) for the Grampians Region of Victoria, an area that stretched from with 50km of Melbourne to the South Australian border, encompassing approximately 445,000 sq. km. Adult, Child and Adolescent, and Geriatric Psychiatry services operate from Ballarat to cover the Central Highlands, while the same services are provided from Ararat and Horsham for the West Grampians area.