Authors: Enrique Albornoz, Kirrily Warner
Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The assertive community treatment (ACT) model is a widely researched model in Australia and abroad in community mental health (Bond, 2002; Kent & Burns, 1996; Kortrijk, Mulder, Roosenschoon & Wiersma, 2010; Rosen & Teeson, 2007). It is a treatment approach that supports working with people with severe mental illness and in recent years has become more prevalent in Sydney. However, it is an approach that requires increased resourcing, which is often difficult to come by in community mental health. This snapshot paper briefly outlines the experiences with the development, implementation and evaluation of the St Marys Assertive Community Treatment Team which has been in operation since 2012. Evaluation findings have demonstrated positive outcomes to both consumers and the service and supports the models implementation within existing services. For 65 consumers; comparing admission data 12 months prior and 12 months following support by the ACT team, has found reduced length of stay (7011 to 1318) and reductions in average length of stay and admissions. The team has also found that these outcomes have been sustained over the last 5 years resulting in continued improvements in the lives of the consumers we support.