Authors: North Western Health - Mental Health Program
Event: 2000 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Gold
Award category: Integrated Locality Based Service
Abstract: The Northern area Mental Health ervice (NAMHS) is part of the Mental Health Program of the North Western Health Care Network (NWHCN). The Mental Health Program comprises 5 Adult Area Mental Health Services, Aged Persons Mental Health Services and Child and Youth Mental HEalth Services and is the largest MEntal HEalth Service in Victoria. The Northern Area Mental Health Service was formed in 1995, when the Mental Health Service was mainstreamed with Preston and Northcote Community Hospital (PANCH), later to become the Nothern Hospital (TNH). The Northern Area Mental Health SErvice coves the Cities of Darebin and Whittlesea in Victoria, with a total population of approximately 233,550 (1996 cencus). It has the highest proportion of Kooris in metropolitan Melbourne (1% of the population). Description of Facility/Organisation: The NAMHS offers an integrated and comprehensive range of hospital and community based mental health treatment and rehabilitation services for adults (16-65 years) in the Melbourne local government areas of Darebin and Whittlesea. We believe that one of our greatest achievements is that we really do provise a comprehensive, efficient and effective mental health service to our catchment area! The services provides include an emphasis on early intervention, comprehensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation through multidisciplinary teamwork as well as a range of consultation and education activities. The NAMHS is well integrated with the Northern Hospital, and works in collaborative partnerships with key service providers to achieve best possible outcomes for consumers. The management group assumes a collecitve responsibility for services across the area, and works as one to address issues and strives for excellence.