Authors: Ursula Wall, Bridget Davis, Valerie Atkinson, Anne Fry, Tung Pham, Sharyn Magennis, Andrew Baillie, Lorraine Fursey
Event: 2000 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, ANXIETY disorders in Blacktown Mt Druitt Health, Mental Health and Community Health Working Together: An Intra-sectoral Approach to Anxiety and Panic, The Case for Brief Intervention Groups for Anxiety and Panic: A Primary Health Care Approach, Empowered Consumers: From Consultation to Self Support
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: SYMPOSIUM THEME: This symposium will present the sector wide approach to anxiety disorders in Blacktown Mt Druitt Health. We believe this is unique and innovative approach that integrates services across sectors, provides different levels of care, and involves a partnership with consumers.
TITLE: Mental Health and Community Health Working Together: An Intra-sectoral Approach to Anxiety and Panic
AUTHORS: Ursula Wall, Bridget Davis, Valerie Atkinson, Anne Fry, Tung Pham, Sharyn Magennis, Andrew Baillie
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS TO: Virginia Johnstone, Lindy McMahon, Andrew Milat.
ABSTRACT: This symposium will present the sector wide approach to anxiety disorders in Blacktown Mt Druitt Health. Anxiety disorders are the most common forms of mental disorder, affecting 1.3 million adult Australians. Historically, few people with these problems were able to access effective treatment. In response to massive un-met demand community health and mental health teams worked together with consumers to develop an integrated system of care, which allows the community direct access to education and primary care. The genesis of this sector-wide approach was the Blacktown Panic Disorder Prevention Project, which will be outlined briefly. Currently there different levels of intervention available, depending on the client's need, and these will be described. The ongoing process of implementing a workable model across services with different philosophies and structures will be discussed.
TITLE: The Case for Brief Intervention Groups for Anxiety and Panic: A Primary Health Care Approach
AUTHORS: Ursula Wall and Tung Pham
ABSTRACT: Primary Health Care teams at three Community Health Centres in Blacktown LGA are expected to provide an easily accessible first-point-of-contact service to the whole local community on a wide range of issues, including anxiety. In order to cope with overwhelming demand for services to help manage problems with panic and anxiety, Health Workers from the three Centres decided to develop a group format. The interventions needed to be brief, easy to facilitate, yet effective. The program developed for use in two centres was in two phases: 1) a public information session, open to sufferers, friends, family, or any interested members of the community, followed by: 2) a four-session brief intervention group for sufferers only. The results from pre-post and process evaluation measures were very encouraging, and will be presented.
TITLE: Empowered Consumers: From Consultation to Self Support
AUTHORS: Sharyn Magennis, Lorraine Fursey, Bridget Davies, Valerie Atkinson
ABSTRACT: People who suffer with Anxiety can often become despondent, thinking "this is how it will always be". This paper will explore how things CAN change, for the better. Community and Mental Health Services in the Blacktown Mt Druitt Health area have always taken consumer input and community consultation seriously, and work in the area of Anxiety Disorders is no exception. Systems at every level of service delivery, whether individual or group, actively encourages process evaluation and input. Regular community consultations take place in varying formats across the area. One of the outcomes of these consultations was the formation PAVS (Panic and Anxiety VolunteerS), a network of volunteers who have learned to manage their panic and anxiety, and who have taken part in skills-training so they can support others. Two former consumers describe the work involved in getting PAVS organised and running, and how, in the process of helping others, they have further enhanced their own skills.
AFFILIATION: Mt Druitt Community Health Centre, Western Sydney Area Health Service
TITLE: The Mental Health Team View
PRESENTERS: Bridget Davis & Valerie Atkinson
ABSTRACT: If further treatment is needed after attending the brief intervention groups and self help group, consumers can be referred to the Blacktown City Mental Health Service. BCMHS offers individual and groups therapy for help in managing and recovering from anxiety disorders. Three to four cognitive behaviour treatment groups are offered each year. Client evaluation of these groups will be presented. Follow on graded exposure groups are also offered. All groups utilise the expertise of those who have recovered from an anxiety disorder by inviting recovered consumers to speak at groups or be an assistant leader. Follow-on graded exposure groups are also lead by a recovered consumer.
AFFILIATION: Blacktown City Mental Health Service, Western Sydney Area Health