Authors: The PACE Clinic
Event: 1997 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Silver
Award category: Child and Adolescent Service
Abstract: The PACE Clinic is an innovative program which aims to prevent the development of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia in vulnerable or "high risk" young people. Individuals are identified as high risk according to certain symptoms or other factors such as family history. PACE aims to 1) educate primary carers, such as general practitioners and school counsellors about high risk young people, 2) to provide a flexible and accessible service for young people, 3) to treat clients' current problems; 4) to research factors which make the development of psychosis more or less likely; and 5) to evaluate the service and adapt it according to needs including consumer feedback. Description of Facility/Organisation: PACE is a service for young people ages 14 - 30 who live in the Melbourne metropolitan area and have been identified as being at high risk of developing a psychotic disorder. There are three components to the Clinic: 1) clinical service; 2) community/ development and education service; and 3) research and evaluate component. PACE is staffed by psychiatrists, psychologists and research assistants and is a programme of the Centre for Young People's Mental Health, Western Healthcare Network.