Authors: Central Bayside Community Health Centre (CBCHC)
Event: 1996 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Gold
Award category: Psychogeriatric Service
Abstract: The development of the Southern Psychogeriatric Activity Service (SPAS) resulted from an unmet need to maintain the psychosocial functioning of elderly clients who had come to the attention of psychiatric services. SPAS is a team of specialist psychiatric workers ( 3 x Occupational Therapists, 2 x Community Psychiatric Nurses) who work under a psychosocial model, assisting clients with access to local activity services. SPAS work closely with clients, developing a therapeutic relationship and gaining trust. Following assessment the client is supported and assisted in integrating into an appropriate activity program/group. As the client settles in the group, SPAS gradually withdraw. Description of Facility/Organisation: SPAS is a service auspiced by CBCHC. It has 5 clinical positions (full-time). It services 5 large municipalities working with different psychogeriatric clients in their homes and supported residential services. It is jointly funded by HACC and H&CS psychiatric services.