Event: 1997 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: WA
Award level: Gold
Award category: Comprehensive Catchment Area Service
Abstract: Rockingham Kwinana Psychiatric Service provides a quality comprehensive catchment area service. Both the community and inpatient services are ACHS accredited. The Rockingham Kwinana Psychiatric Service is based upon a model of seamless, coordinated service that ensures continuity of care for clients whether they are receiving inpatient care of care in the community. Secure and open facilities are provided as well as an acute day programme. Targeted services include an Acute Team, to deal with urgent assessments and ongoing management, an Early Episode Psychosis Programme, a Complex Needs Team for longer term intensive management, a Postnatal Depression Project, Living Skills Centre, specialist clinical services and specialised psychological services to people from non-English speaking backgrounds. Strong links have been developed with primary care services, particularly General practitioners via the local division. An independent consumer and carers' support group, Support In-Site Incorporated, has been developed. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Rockingham Kwinana Psychiatric Service provides adults aged 17 to 65 years with inpatient and a variety of targeted community services to a population of 90,000. This area is the southern most area of Perth and covers approximately 50 square kilometres and has one of the most rapidly expanding populations in Australia. Kwinana is close to a major industrial area and has the eighth lowest socio-economic index of social disadvantage among 300 post codes in Western Australia. Rockingham has a population of 60,000 people without adequate infrastructure, such as support and welfare services. The community team services its catchment population from two central sites in Rockingham and Kwinana with easy local access. Inpatient services in Fremantle Hospital are provided in a dedicated, custom built unit opened in 1994 providing both secure and open facilities, as well as an acute Day Hospital service which promotes early discharge. Out of hours services are provided by the Psychiatric Emergency Team which is a metropolitan-wide service providing emergency response services coordinated centrally. There is also a regional weekend extended service.