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New Mental Health Service to aid Prevention and Recovery

The Frankston community is set to benefit from a new mental health service.

Peninsula Health’s Mental Health Service in partnership with Mental Illness Fellowship, will run the State Government-funded Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) service. The new purpose built centre, which provides care in a residential environment, will be located on Screen Street Frankston on land owned by the Department of Human Services.

The Mental Illness Fellowship already has similar centres in South Yarra, Shepparton and the ACT. Peninsula Health operates a number of community based mental health services.

Peninsula Health CEO Dr Sherene Devanesen said, “The new Frankston PARC will provide a significant additional support for patients who are returning, or who have successfully returned, to their homes and the community.

“From time to time these people may require additional short term support and care in a safe and supportive environment. This will be provided in the modern, ten bed residential facility which will be staffed at all times by Peninsula Health and Mental Illness Fellowship personnel.”

Dr Jeremy Stone, Acting Clinical Director Peninsula Mental Health Service said: “Prevention and Recovery Care services will now be available locally for people living on the Peninsula who require additional short term support.

“Short-term residential support, with intensive clinical treatment and intervention, will be available to help prevent deterioration or relapse, without which the person might need readmission to hospital.

“It will also be available to people who would benefit from short-term, intensive treatment and support, in a residential setting after discharge from an acute hospital.”

Dr Stone said some of the key features of the Prevention and Recovery Care Services include;-

  • Active intervention and treatment provided by Peninsula Health/Mental Illness Fellowship, including crisis support planning where necessary;
  • Individually tailored recovery care planning and implementation;
  • Day to day support and recovery services, plus supervision and monitoring; and
  • Access to specialist mental healthcare staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The new Frankston PARC service is expected to be operational in 2010 and will create 12 full time positions for a range of clinical and support staff.