Authors: Maroondah Hospital
Event: 1998 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Silver
Award category: Child and Adolescent Service
Abstract: Between 1995-1998, Maroondah CAMHS has applied the model og the "Learning organisation" and had generated an energising vision of learning in partnership with its community (Senge 1990). This model has helped to drive change through a new management structure, developing a learning culture and establishing a clinical research unit that is now trialing outcome measures. Accessible services are provided by localised community based teams and a Mobile Adolescent Outreach team with a program for Homeless Adolescents. Generic case managers are supported by specialist clinical programs aimed at specific disorders. Our Community Program includes intakw and Mental Health Promotion workers, and coordinated Community Development and consuktation. Continiuity of care during admission to the inpatient unit or dy programs is maintained through maintaining the involvement of outpatient case managers. This new model supports continual quality improvement and the kind of changes required by a service, with strong community links, which aims to be innovative, adaptive and responsive. Description of Facility/Organisation: Maroondah Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service provides services to the under 18 years olds of the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne, in a population of over 600,000. It has three community teams, a Mobile Outreach Adolescent Team, a Research Program, and Adolescent Day Program and an Adolescent Inpatient Unit. The service employs 63 staff.