Authors: Peninsula Health, Peninsula General Practice Network, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Municipalities: Maternal and Child Health Services
Event: 2012 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Gold
Award category: Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Program or Project
Abstract: The Perinatal Mental Health Project is leading the way in addressing gaps in identifying and supporting women in the antenatal and postnatal period who are at risk of mental health problems. A health services partnership group formed in November 2010 collaboratively and innovatively developed and implemented a project that has included routine screening of women in the perinatal period, training health professions in assessment of mental health, implementing specific referral pathways and resources for services, and a GP Linkage Service for women without a GP. Results of the project reveal that 12-15% of women are being identified as at risk of mental health problems and provided with follow-up and support. Approximately 5% have been linked to a GP through the GP Linkages Service. Results of a pre-post survey confirm an increase in screening (46% to 68%) with 75% using the referral pathways and 36% reporting overall improvement in accessing services. Description of Facility/Organisation: There are three main organisations involved in Perinatal Mental Health Partnership who provide services to the region’s population of over 300,000 people. Peninsula Health has approximately 4,625 employees. The large majority of funding comes from the Victorian Government through activity based funding and specified grants with total revenue of 365.3 million in 2010. Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Municipalities Maternal and Child Health Services are funded in partnership with local and State Governments. The Frankston Municipality has 14 Maternal and Child Health Centres and a budget of $965,000 and 6,671 total active client. The Mornington Peninsula Municipality has17 Maternal and Child Health Centres and a budget of $2,124,394 and 5,834 total active clients and 30 employees. The Peninsula General Practitioner Network (PGPN) is a member-based organisation with over 300 GPs who operate in 78 practices providing primary care services. The PGPN is funded through the Federal Department of Health and Aging and operates to a budget of 1.4 million dollars with 19 employees.