Authors: Wodonga Adult Mental Health Service, Albury Wodonga Health
Event: 2013 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Silver
Award category: Assessment and/or Treatment Program or Service
Abstract: Wodonga Adult Mental Health Services are leading the way towards recovery-oriented practice in the local area, being the first clinical service to actively move towards focusing on a persons personal recovery journey. This project is a model that can be used to demonstrate that clinical mental health services can reorient service delivery to a recovery approach within the existing clinical structure. Wodonga Mental Health has implemented a number of creative and innovative strategies and tools. These include the development of a Recovery Hub website promoting wellbeing and health, education materials, and creating partnerships with local services and organizations. Our journey to recovery is an ongoing process; culture change requires time, support and guidance. Through consistent leadership, education and innovative practice progress is being be made. Consumers are commenting on the change, that we are more welcoming, are listening and making changes and most importantly that we are focusing on recovery.
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.