Hoarding Group Program Launches in Northern Sydney

Hoarding Group Program Launches in Northern Sydney

30 June 2014

Northern Sydney Medicare Local (NSML) is funding a program of group and individual therapy for individuals with Hoarding Disorder, which will be delivered by Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury.

Hoarding Disorder is a severe and persistent mental health issue where people have difficulty discarding possessions because of a need to save them. A person with Hoarding Disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items and it often creates living conditions where homes may be filled to capacity and are often unliveable.
We are excited to partner with Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury to launch the 2014 Hoarding Treatment Program, says Chris Lines, Manager of Service Improvement & Clinical Risk at NSML.

Hoarding has been identified as a significant mental health concern in the NSML region, and hoarding disorder can have a considerable impact on individuals, their families, health and community services. People often have complex care needs and long-term interventions are required to support recovery, however, resources are limited and private treatment options can be costly.

This evidence-based program offers an alternative treatment for individuals within the NSML catchment, which includes Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai, Hunters Hill and Ryde, who would benefit from specialist support to address hoarding disorder and is targeted towards individuals contemplating changing their hoarding behaviour. The program enables individuals to better understand the care and support pathways available to them, and fills a much-needed gap in community-based treatment options and better service integration in respect to hoarding and squalor.

The program will be run by a team of experienced psychologists and will combine individual counselling sessions and a 15-week group therapy program. Meetings will take place at Lifelines Gordon office and will begin on Wednesday 30 July.

Treatment will be funded by Medicare Rebates under either a Mental Health Care Plan or Access to Allied Psychological Services from your doctor.

Priority will be given to residents in the Ku-ring-gai, Hornsby, Ryde and Hunters Hill Local Government Areas.

For more information on the program, please contact Simone Isemann at Lifeline on 9498 8805.

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