Authors: Francesca Coniglio, Lyndal Sherwin, Melissa Ruscoe and Mironne Golan, NSW
Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference
Subject: SERVICE DELIVERY, IMPLEMENTATION, Recovery, Social Inclusion
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Specialist Rehabilitation Service (SRS) was established as a new initiative within Northern Sydney Local Health District’s Adult Mental Health Services in late 2009, to support efforts to incorporate a recovery orientation into existing clinical mental health services. A Quality Assurance Review of this project was conducted to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of this service and consumer outcomes between August 2009 and December 2012. Findings revealed that 60% of consumers reported improvement in their stage of psychological recovery and all four domains of the Self-identified Stages of Recovery measure showed improvements. Most striking however, were the reduction in consumers’ hospital admissions by 42% and reduction in bed days by 63% which equated to a saving of $4,424,252 for this period. This finding suggests that recovery-focused approach can contribute to reduction in relapse and admission rates and positive life outcomes for consumers.