Authors: Department of Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry, Redbank House, Westmead Hospital, Westmead
Event: 2000 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Silver
Award category: Rehabilitation / Recovery Program or Service
Abstract: REPP aims to 1) provide a safe and less restrictive alternative to hospitalisation for adolescents who are acutely psychotic or recovering from a psychotic illness, 2) to facilitate the integration of adolescents back into their mainstream school and also to get support from the community based programs, and 3) to involve the family early in the course of the adolescent's treatment. This program is developing a neuropsychologial rehabilitation model based on identifying specific neurophysiological and neuropsychological deficits in early psychosis and putting in place an individual program of cognitive rehabilitation implemented in the classroom. The treatment strategies include appropriate pharmacological management, provision of structured activities encompassing relaxation, social skills training, recreation, and health education, individual as well as family therapy and also formulating an individual eduactional program in collaboration with adolscents main streatm school or vocational facility. Multidisciplinary team consists of not only a psychiatrist, social Worker, Neuropsychologist, Psychiatric Nurse, but also a Teach which makes this program very unique. Description of Facility/Organisation: Redbank House deals with a wide variety of psychiatric and complex psychosocial disorders occurring during childhood and adolesence. We aim to provide treatment in the least restrictive, most normative environment. Our highest priority is the day programs, where the child or adolescent attends every day but lives with their family. However, we also offer inpatient hospitalisation. We allso provide outpatient service for follow-ups after their discharge from Redbank House.