Authors: Mental Health programs of St Vincent's Hospital (Melbourne) and Melbourne Heath
Event: 2001 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Gold
Award category: Specialist Service or Part of a Larger Service
Abstract: Since its inception the service has had a commitment towards establishing a culture of integration and best practice in the mental health service provision to Victorians with a known or suspected dual disability. The service spans the 21 Area Mental Health Services (AMHS) operating in Victoria and its practice reflects collaboration with consumers, families, case managers and service systems. In doing so it has facilitated a cohesive system of service delivery to consumers. The service meets its objectives through the provision of expert advice, consultation and training to AMHS staff. Improved linkages within and beyond mental health services has demonstrated itself to be an important by-product of the Service’s development. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Victorian Dual Disability Service is publicly funded through the mental health branch of the Department of Human Services and is a joint mental health initiative between St. Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne) and Melbourne Health. The Service commenced in March 1999 and is managed through the St. Vincent’s Mental Health Service. The service consists of six full-time senior clinicians (from the disciplines of psychology, psychiatric nursing and medicine), a full-time consultant psychiatrist, a manager, and an administrative officer. The service aims to improve the mental health and access to service provision across Victoria for people with a dual intellectual and psychiatric disability (dual disability).