Authors: Gippsland Psychiatric Services - Latrobe Regional Hospital
Event: 1997 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Bronze
Award category: Rehabilitation Services (incl. Vocational and Residential Services)
Abstract: Creative House is a recreational and Vocational program conducted under the management of Gippsland Psychiatric Services. The program has been operating since 1994. What makes this program special is that it has a low budget and low staff numbers but plenty of enthusiasm and vision. To survive, the program has to involve clients to the maximum in devising and running the program. Volunteers are also highly valued by staff and clients alike. Well kept records indicate that clients have increased their skill levels, increased their attendance and decreased their hospitalisations since being involved in Creative House. Description of Facility/Organisation: Situated in the South East of Victoria, Gippsland Psychiatric Services provide mental health care to approximately 2,500 registered clients across a geographical area of some 44,000sp kilometres. Service provision is primarily community based, operating from ten "service centres" throughout the region. Inpatient facilities for both adult and aged care clients are provided.
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