Authors: Maroondah Hospital Area Mental Health Service
Event: 1998 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Silver
Award category: Prevention, Health Promotion or Health Education Project
Abstract: Parenting is hard work. Mental illnesses can make it harder. Many parents who have a mental illness describe feeling like "aliens", and not like a "normal mum". In the outer eastern region of Melbourne it is etsimated 30 - 35% of mental health services clients are parents of dependent children. At present there is no coordinated way in which their particular needs are met, leaving many parents and children isolated and vulnerable. "Parents in Partnerships" is an innovative consumer driven project which is developing ways these parents can get support. Through dynamic collaboration with consumers and service providers in ther region, th eproject is implementing a number of initiatives for mental and non-mental health workers. A commitment by Maroondah Hospital Area Mental Health Service means that these initiatives will continue as part of core practice of adult mental health workers. Description of Facility/Organisation: Maroondah Hospital Area Mental Heatlh Service (MHAMHS) is one of the first fully mainstreamed psychiatric services in the state and consists of adult as well as child and adolescent psychiatric services for the Outer East Region. The population of the region is culturally diverse. The adult arm of the services serves a catchment population of some 260,000 people (16 - 64), one of the largest in Victoria, and includes two Community Mental Health Centres (CMHC), a Crisis and Assessment Team (CATT), a Mobile Support and Treatment Service (MSTS), a twenty bed Community Care Unit (CCU), and an Adult Acute Inpatient Unit of thirty beds.