Authors: Wodonga Adult Mental Health Service, Albury Wodonga Health, VIC
Event: 2013 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Silver
Award category: Innovative Use of Technology
Abstract: The Recovery Hub is unique website that is strength focused, promotes hope, choice and self-responsibility through providing up to date information and practical strategies for people in the community to manage their mental health and wellbeing. The site aims to be a hub of information and resources on recovery, recovery oriented practice, and self-help strategies. Developed by Wodonga Adult Mental Health Service, it began as a resource for services and a hub for recovery-oriented practice information. However, with community and service user consultation and feedback, it developed into a comprehensive health promotion tool, to meet the needs of people living in the community and people who may be experiencing mental health distress. Currently being view on a local, national and international level with over 30 countries having accessed the website across the world, it is reviewed and updated regularly to ensure it continues to meet the needs of the community. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Wodonga Campus Adult Community Mental Health Service (ACMHS) of Albury Wodonga Health services a geographical area that includes the City of Wodonga, and the rural shires of Indigo, Towong and the northern section of the Alpine Shire. This area has a total population of approximately 66,700 people. ACMHS provides clinical treatment services that consist of crisis and initial assessment across 7 days 24 hours per day, case management, rehabilitation and recovery services, and a perinatal emotional health program. There is approximately 45 staff involved in the various service components. The primary funding source is the Victorian State government with a small amount from the Federal government. The annual budget is approximately $3,650,074. As at March 2013 there were 180 clients active with the assessment and case management components of the service, 8 within the residential rehabilitation and recovery service and 40 with the perinatal emotional health program.