Waratah Area Homeless Outreach Psychiatric Service (WAHOPS)

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Authors: The Inner West Area Mental Health Service - The Royal Melbourne Hospital (IWAMHS-RMH)

Year: 1997

Event: 1997 TheMHS Awards


Type of resource: TheMHS Awards

Award state: VIC

Award level: Silver

Award category: Specialist Service or Innovative Part of a Larger Service

Abstract: WAHOPS is a clinical treatment service working with one of the most marginalised groups in the Australian community. WAHOPS focuses on those Homeless people living "on the streets", under bridges, in parks, squats etc. and those people using the inner city emergency night shelters. WAHOPS is fully integrated with both the Psychiatric and Homeless service systems. Innovative strategies of engagement and a culturally appropriate model of service delivery are employed to deliver clinical treatment services to Homeless people, a group whose contact with traditional Psychiatric service system has often been characterised by discontinuity and poor outcomes. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Waratah Area Homeless Outreach Psychiatric Service (WAHOPS) is a clinical program within the IWAMHS-RMH. The INWAMHS-RMH provides a comprehensive range of psychiatric services to the residents of the inner north west of Melbourne. The LGA's of Melbourne and Moonee Valley (pop 143,000). The IWAMHS-RMH also provides specialist services to the Western suburbs of Melbourne and to Western Victoria. Area based programs provided include a Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team, a Mobile Support and Treatment Team, a Continuing Care Team, and acute and rehabilitation in-patient services. Specialist programs include Medical Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry, Accident and Emergency Psychiatry, an Anxiety and Depression Program, an Eating Disorders Program and the Waratah Area Homeless Outreach Psychiatric Service (WAHOPS).

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