Authors: ORYGEN Youth Health and ORYGEN Research Centre
Event: 2008 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Winner
Award category: Infant, Child and Adolescent Services or Programs
Abstract: ORYGEN is a great Australian success story. It is unique in Australia as the only fully integrated research (ORYGEN Research Centre, ORC) and clinical (ORYGEN Youth Health, OYH) youth-specific mental health organisation, where evidence-based practice is derived and continuously informed by rigorous research and evaluation leading to service reform which makes a real-world impact on the lives of young Australians with serious mental illness. ORYGEN’s unique model has been adopted by many youth mental health programmes throughout Australia, the UK, Canada, Europe and Asia. ORC is Australia’s premier, largest and continually expanding youth mental health research centre, which is internationally recognised as a world leader in youth mental health research. ORYGEN has a strong emphasis on capacity building, health promotion and evidence-based reform with a wide range of stakeholders—government, young people, families, academia, service providers and the broader community and key sectors engaged with youth locally, nationally and internationally. Description of Facility/Organisation: ORYGEN Youth Health is the partnership clinical programme of ORYGEN Research Centre, a national research centre, and was the first youth-specific mental health service to be developed in Victoria. It provides mental health assessment and treatment of 15 to 24 year olds residing in the West and North West of Melbourne. The annual budget of OYH and ORC combined is $25 million. OYH is fully funded by the Victorian State Government through Melbourne Health, while ORC is funded by Colonial Foundation and funding from government bodies and philanthropic foundations. ORC is affiliated with the University of Melbourne. Approximately 80 staff work at OYH and 120 staff at ORC. At any one time approximately 900 young people from a catchment population of 960,000 are being treated within the service. ORYGEN’s philosophy is that early intervention aims to minimise the impact of mental health on a young person’s learning growth and development.