Authors: Inner East Mental Health Services Association Inc.
Event: 2002 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Gold
Award category: Quality and Improvement Program
Abstract: The Women’s Access Project has been an evolving series of action research projects over seven years. The aims of the Project are to: develop a sustainable, quality improvement project that involves all the stakeholders of the IEMHSA; and to improve women consumers’ access to, and participation in, all activities of the IEMHSA. The Women’s Access Project is an excellent example of the way that a quality improvement venture can be planned and implemented within a small psychosocial rehabilitation service that has limited resources. Implementation and ownership of the Project came from within the IEMHSA, and included consumers, staff and the Board of Governance. The Women’s Access Project has involved the use of a variety of evaluation methods. Most importantly, the Women’s Access Project has resulted, and continues to result in, a number of outcomes, that have significantly influenced the day-to-day practice of rehabilitation and recovery, at all levels of the IEMHSA. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Inner East Mental Health Services Association Inc (IEMHSA) is a Psychiatric Disability Support Service in Melbourne, Australia. The IEMHSA was established in 1988. The Association provides psychosocial rehabilitation services from four service locations: Terra Firma in Box Hill, Mosaic in Hawthorn, GlenReach in Glen Waverley, and Keystone in Doncaster. IEMHSA has 393 current (active) participants in its Day Programs, and 74 current participants in its Home-Based Outreach Programs. The Association has 22 staff, and is governed by a Board that is comprised of consumers, carers, and interested residents of the local community. The IEMHSA is funded by the Department of Human Services (Victoria), and has an annual budget of approximately $1.1 million.