Authors: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
Event: 1997 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Gold
Award category: Child and Adolescent Service
Abstract: The Video-Conferencing Project was established initially as a pilot project by the Royal Children's Hospital Mental Health Service in April 1995 in collaboration with the rural Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Mildura, Bendigo and Warrnambool. This was the first application of the use of video-conferencing in child and adolescent mental health services in Australia. The projects main aim was to facilitate access of rural health care service providers and their clients to specialist child and adolescent psychiatric expertise. The project has met this aim and the technology is now part of routine service delivery to rural Victoria. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Royal Children's hospital mental health service provides both inpatient services as well as outpatient and consultation services to clients and their families. As a tertiary based service it has responsibility for providing a range of mental health input to Western part of Victoria. The area of responsibility encompasses the Barwon South Western area, which has a population of 95,200 under 19 year olds, the Grampians region which serves a population of 52,700 under 19 year olds and the Loddon Mallee Region (including the Southern Mallee area) with approximately 80, 300 under the age of 19. The organisation has a strong commitment to research, inquiry and education, and primary prevention of difficulties in the area of child and adolescent mental health.