Authors: Integrated Mental Health Service, Division of Mental Health, Royal Brisbane Hospital
Event: 1997 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: QLD
Award level: Silver
Award category: Comprehensive Catchment Area Service
Abstract: The Valley Community Mental Health Service is the largest service of its type in Queensland. The service employs 45 full time staff and currently has an allocated budget of $2.5 million. At any one time the service treats 800 patients suffering from mental health disorders of whom 60 - 70% have psychoses. The service also runs an area-based in-patient unit and is responsible for community crisis work and emergency services at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. The staff work in multidisciplinary teams - two acute and continuous care teams and one rehabilitation team. The service is developing strong research support with the appointment of a research psychologist to assist the members of the service teams in the development of outcome research. There is also currently a consumer evaluator working with the service on a time-limited contract. The service has a strong community basis and embraces the Primary Health Care philosophy. Description of Facility/Organisation: This is the largest Community-based Mental Health Service in Queensland. It services a population of 250,000 and is integrated with the community ward within the Mental Health Centre as well as the crisis services. With a current client case load of 800 clients, this service is very consumer focused, has won two Best Practice Awards from the 1996 state-wide External Audit, a Queen's Trust Award for the Warren Street Theatre Company and was cited as an excellent service in the 1997 accreditation by the ACHS.