Authors: Danny McCulloch, SA
Event: 2008 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Life Without Barriers, Rehabilitation and Community Services, MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAMS AND WORKING TOGETHER,RESOURCES / FUNDING,RURAL / REMOTE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The funding to provide community based psychosocial rehabilitation support services stipulates as part of consumer eligibility, that they be receiving clinical services from the government employed clinical team. This has necessitated the formation of a partnership that sees Life Without Barriers and the Murray Mallee Community Mental Health Team working together. Rather than simply benchmark the partnership on funding provisos, a true partnership has been developed through a relationship enabling us to raise issues, work together to solve problems and aim jointly to provide high quality services. We have also used the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation’s Partnership Analysis Tool to ensure the partnership has a clear and on-going purpose, and that it adds value to our work. The resulting partnership has provided high quality support services to consumers, has been a valuable addition to existing services and importantly has characteristics that promote a recovery led and consumer centred service. Communication and mutual respect are the hallmarks of the relationship, which have underpinned a successful partnership that has been in operation for over two years. This case study shares the structures and processes that have made it a success. Measures such as co-locating the NGO and Clinical service, coordinated referral and allocation processes, shared training and constant communication have all helped build and maintain this partnership. Resources are scarce, and this presentation will give examples of sharing resources such as office space, equipment and training opportunities, not only between the two country-based provide, but also with metropolitan staff.