Authors: Jayne Lewis and Kieran Halloran, VIC
Event: 2011 TheMHS Conference
Subject: COLLABORATION, INNOVATION, CHANGE, REFORM
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The 2009/10 Victorian state budget “Adult Mental Health Initiatives” are an integral component of service system reform aimed towards people with multiple, complex needs who move between separate service providers in a chaotic manner, at risk of poor outcomes including repeated hospitalization, homelessness and incarceration (Department of Human Services, 2009). To implement these initiatives, St Vincent’s Mental Health Service and Mind Australia partnered as dual lead-agents, to produce a cost-effective, innovative service delivery system for a target consumer group at the acute end of the illness spectrum.
In 2007, clinical and PDRSS sectors were described as operating fairly independently with a non-strategic approach to resource allocation (Department of Human Services, 2007) so these initiatives, with inevitable challenges, also brought the valuable opportunity for two organizations with a shared vision for a consumer-centered recovery service to create a partnership, anticipated to extend beyond this project.