Authors: Donna Matthews, VIC
Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: From November 2014, St Vincent’s Mental Health Melbourne (SVMH) has been part of the Pilot Project of the Expanding Post Discharge Support Program (EPDSP). The Victorian Government is committed to improving the discharge experience for consumers from Acute Inpatient Services (AIS) and to offer discharge peer support as a complement to clinical services, with the aim of decreasing the 28 day readmission rate. Consumer peer workers use their unique lived experience in mental health to engage with consumers and support them on their Recovery journey. The Program uses the Intentional Peer Support model for the first time in AIS in Victoria. The EPDSP consumer peer workers at SVMH have developed innovative strategies to engage with consumers and to support them to make community connections, in order to decrease their social isolation, increase confidence and achieve meaningful life goals. I will also present findings about the effect that the EPDSP is having in both quantitative and qualitative formats, as well as vignettes.