Authors: Mark Welch, Graham Garland
Event: 2000 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, Early intervention; first episode psychosis; mainstreaming; partnerships
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Australian Clinical Guidelines for Early Intervention argues that “Early intervention and prevention in psychotic disorders is increasingly seen as having the potential to produce better outcomes for people who have developed these disorders”. However, the operationalisation of this hypothesis is less clear, and the emphasis to date has been on specialised services within large metropolitan areas.
This paper will describe an initiative in the provision of best possible care in early psychosis undertaken by Southern Area Health Service, NSW, a small predominately rural service with few resources and a scattered and attenuated population. It will demonstrate how a mainstreamed early intervention programme can be effective and efficient providing it pays careful attention to partnerships in early identification, and the absorption into the health service culture of sound principles, practices and processes.