Partners in Recovery - New program to benefit people with severe and persistent mental illness

Partners in Recovery - New program to benefit people with severe and persistent mental illness

A new $8 million government funded program, to benefit people living with severe and persistent mental illness in the Ryde, Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai and Hunters Hill local government areas, will launch from November 2013 and be led by Northern Sydney Medicare Local.

The program, Northern Sydney Partners in Recovery, which will require referral by a GP, aims to better support people with severe and persistent mental illness and their carers and families, by getting the services and support each individual wants or could benefit from, to work in a more collaborative, coordinated and integrated way.

It is estimated that up to 500 people living with severe and persistent mental illness in the local area will benefit from the Northern Sydney Partners in Recovery program within the next three years.

In addition to their specific healthcare needs, people living with severe and persistent mental illness are more likely to face a range of other challenges including unemployment, or dependence on income support, and homelessness. Less than a third will have completed school; and on average it is expected that they will have a life expectancy that is 30 years less than the national average .

Program Launch

Earlier this month, Northern Sydney Medicare Local (NSML) launched the care-coordinated program together with its partner organisations to stakeholders and media at Shepherds Bay Community Centre, Meadowbank.
Partners involved in the delivery of the program include over 20 community and non-government organisations, including Black Dog Institute, Northside Community Forum and Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury.

Speakers at the launch included internationally renowned Psychiatrist Professor Gavin Andrews, the Member for Bennelong, Mr John Alexander OAM MP, Acting CEO and Director of Research, Mental and Community Health, Dr James Baker and a panel of consumers and carers who shared their first-hand experience of the mental health system.

Speaking at the launch Dr Baker said: A strong consumer-centred recovery model, focused on the strengths and needs of each individual living with severe and persistent mental illness, can lead to better health outcomes, continued Dr Baker.

Health, housing, income support, disability, education, and employment are just some of the sectors where improvements can be made to enable a better healthcare journey.

Were very pleased to have the opportunity to support local health needs and build reform in an area that needs a community solution. The collaboration with our program partners will mean the delivery of tailored and meaningful services and support to people who most need them, Dr Baker concluded.

GP Program and referral kit

Currently the Partners in Recovery team is drafting a GP program kit which will include information on the program, patient eligibility and access which will be available from November 2013.
Partners in Recovery - New program to benefit people with severe and persistent mental illness
Partners in Recovery - New program to benefit people with severe and persistent mental illness
Partners in Recovery - New program to benefit people with severe and persistent mental illness