Authors: Fremantle Hospital and Health service Directorate of Mental Health Services and Peel and Rockingham Kwinana Mental Health Service
Event: 2000 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: WA
Award level: Bronze
Award category: Rehabilitation / Recovery Program or Service
Abstract: The Intensive Rehabilitaltion Sevice was established out of increasing concern surrounding the treatment of people with severe long term mental illness. The Service operates on a multidisciplinary intensive case management model. Evaluation is an integral part of this Service and a comprehensive computer package (PROES) has been developed to provide instant access for case managers to track clients' pschiatric and social functioning over time. A detailed review of the utilisation and cost effectiveness of the Intensive Rehabilitation Service has been undertken. This research demonstrated a reduction in inpatient contact of 36.8% for those receiving intensive case management compared to matched controls receiving standard tretaments, as well as a net savings of $801,475 over 2 years. This research was peer reviewed and consequently published un the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Related research into treatment fidelity recieved a Young Scientist Award at the 10th Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia in Switzerland. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Intensive Rehabilitation service provides mental health services across two Health Service areas, with a total catchment population of 303,000 (18% of the total WA population). The catchment area is located 20-130km south of Perth and includes metropolitan and rural ares. The Service is staffed by 9 mental health professionals, 0.5 FTE Psychiatric Registrar, 0.7 FTE Consultant Psychiatrist and 1 administrative officer with a total budget of $810,000. There are currently 95 active clients, who are chronically ill, have complex support needs and a high level of disability.