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mivoice pathways to a home

Meet New York’s Housing First founder Sam Tsemberis at the 10th annual Bruce Woodcock memorial lecture Thursday 22 May 2008

inside features good news on the home front p2 | Sam Tsemberis and housing first p4-5 | home at last, a member’s journey p8 | housing forum: have your say p10 Registered with the Department of Human Services Print Post Approved 350190 / 00023 ISSN 0816 7877


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from our president It seems that MI Voice readers are ahead of the rest of the country. Last year you rated housing as the top federal issue relating

We need to ensure that people with a mental illness

to mental illness in the Australia Talks Mental Illness 2007

are heard along with the other groups arguing – quite

survey. Well in 2008 the rest of the country, the media and

rightly – for more affordable housing and emergency

most importantly, the government, are joining the call.


Don’t pop the champagne just yet but there is some

The challenge of housing is daunting – but at least it is being

movement at the station - specifically about the battle

fought. Mental Illness Fellowship is not fighting the battle

against homelessness and the need for low cost rental

alone. The Mental Health Council of Australia and Mental

properties. No group is affected more by these issues than

Illness Fellowship of Australia are also making substantial

people with a mental illness.

contributions to the debate to ensure that the needs of

There are many reasons behind homelessness – from

people with mental illness for a home are better met.

housing affordability and unemployment to domestic

In the last issue of MI Voice I flagged a constitutional

violence and family breakdown. However there is too

amendment that will be put to members at this year’s

strong a link between mental illness and all of these.

AGM. Succession planning for the Board was an item

It doesn’t have to be so.

that was raised in the ‘board self assessment’, completed

One way to lessen the numbers of people falling into homelessness and sub-standard accommodation is by strengthening the community-based services that we deliver. Home-based outreach, longer term residential options, family education and employment programs stop people becoming homeless. We also want some public housing stock prioritised for people with a mental illness. These programs are proven to help people with mental illness recover more quickly. No people should live on the streets in a country as wealthy as Australia.

early last year. There was general agreement that although the nine year limit was introduced in line with governance ‘best practice’ at the time, it has the potential to create more problems than it solves, particularly given the challenges of attracting appropriately qualified board members. It was recommended that this policy be reviewed with the aim of amending the MI Fellowship Constitution to remove this limitation on tenure. I have agreed to champion this process of amendment, but will still retire from the Board myself at the end of my current term of appointment. The formal amendment will be published in the next

We Victorians recently learnt that land is being rezoned to

edition of MI Voice as formal notification. Meanwhile,

create 90,000 residential blocks in an attempt to address

I would welcome any feedback/comments from you

the housing crisis. MI Fellowship wants to see more low

regarding this amendment.

cost rental properties created, places where people with a mental illness can find long term homes as part of their recovery like those discussed on page 8. The Hon. Robert Knowles AO index news bites p3 | Sam Tsemberis and housing first p4 | dual diagnosis programs p6 | CGEA graduates p7 | people and their stories p8 | from our chief executive p9 | financial planning p10 | PARC expansion p11 | new website p12



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news bites

MI Fellowship has gone to the dogs Our dog was Traveller, or Tiger as he is known around the kennels. Ten of us watched him come third in his first heat at Shepparton, which qualified him to run in the second heat in Bendigo. We were addicted. And the word soon spread, with TAB receiving bets across the state from Shepparton to Fairfield and beyond. In the sweltering heat at Bendigo race track 17 of us waited nervously while tucking into a barbecue and refreshments supplied by Greyhound Racing Victoria. Our hearts leapt as the barriers were drawn and there Tiger is pictured with Noela Hill

was a flash of colour streaming in the distance behind a bright orange bunny.

Doggone! You can see how some people become

We were soon to learn that the bunny’s life had been

addicted to the track. Last year our Hume region

spared by a considerate Traveller who ran fifth.

programs were invited to participate in The Great Chase, an event organised and hosted by Greyhound Racing Victoria.

That was the end of our involvement in The Great Chase for 2007. However, we did have a lot of fun, learned about the Greyhound Adoption Program and fell in love

We were nominated a greyhound and invited to follow him

with our little Tiger. We will definitely be lining up again.

through to the finals. The organisation whose dog won or

Who knows, 2008 may just be our year.

was placed at each race would receive prize money.


and the winners are...


In late 2007 Austar, the country version of FOXTEL, put out a call for submissions of community based projects in Shepparton and surrounding areas that could use a grant of $5000. Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria put forward the School Talks program that delivers fun, flexible and interactive sessions in high schools across the Hume region. School Talks was selected out of more than 26 to be in the final five in the running for the grand prize. These

Noela Hill, Cindy McCurdy and Amanda Challis. (Courtesy of The Shepparton Adviser).

were then profiled in The Shepparton Adviser which

It is not often that a mental health focused project is

published voting forms over a period of three weeks.

considered at the same level within the community as other

The community was asked to vote for the project they

more popular groups such as the CWA, Salvation Army,

thought most deserving of the $5000.

Little Athletics or Kiwanis House Special Needs Centre.

It was a fantastic achievement and great publicity for

On December 12 we were announced winner of the

MI Fellowship as the competition was publicised through

grand prize. It proves that sometimes we underestimate

the newspaper and the local radio station 3SR FM. We

and undervalue our presence in the community and the

were able to promote our presence in the region, as well

impact we have, even on the people who have never

as the successful program we have been running in local

used our services.

schools for the past two years. cover illustration by 4 year old Willem Gorissen



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give me a house first


Last year in our federal election campaign, our national survey Australians Talk Mental Illness put housing and housing support as the number one issue of most concern for people with mental illness, their families and friends. Since then Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria has been developing advocacy strategies to put much greater emphasis and more resources into addressing the issue. A housing policy project officer was recently employed to survey models and options and some negotiations have begun with private developers and housing agencies to explore real and sustainable options. This year’s Bruce Woodcock memorial lecture will be

one wishes to live. So many people with mental illness

delivered by Dr Sam Tsemberis, the founder of the

and their families describe situations where adults

Housing First movement in the United States, which

with mental illness still live with their parents well into

looks to provide people with mental illness who are

their forties and fifties only because there are no other

homeless long-term housing tenure. Dr Tsemberis will

options. Elderly parents continually tell us that they

present the successful model and the principles which

are worried about what will happen to their son or

underpin its success. The lecture will also explore the

daughter when they die, simply because there has

model’s transferability to the Australian context. We will

been no opportunity for the person with a mental illness

ensure Dr Tsemberis also has the opportunity to speak

to develop independent living skills.

with politicians and other public policy makers.

In the broad consideration of homelessness and housing

Meanwhile, the new federal government is moving

support, Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria will do its

quickly on housing and has commissioned a white paper

best to ensure your voices

on homelessness. Tony Nicholson, executive director of

and your concerns

Brotherhood of St Laurence, will chair the group who will

get a hearing.

write the paper. In our advocacy, we will endeavour to ensure that a broad definition of homelessness is agreed on. Homelessness is not just about having a roof over one’s head, but having choices about where and how

As a lead in to the lecture, we will have a public forum on mental illness and housing exclusion on April 15 2008, 6.30pm-8.30pm at Fairfield Place. Come and have your say.


For your diary Dr Sam Tsemberis 10th Bruce Woodcock lecture May 22, 6pm, BMW Edge Theatre Federation Square Melbourne


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pathways pioneer gets results Sam Tsemberis established

Dr Tsemberis also assists agencies in cities around

the Housing First movement

the United States to develop Housing First programs.

in the United States and

These programs successfully demonstrate that providing

advocates for housing as

people with their own housing is a powerful first step

a basic right for all people,

towards recovery rather than a distant goal to be

including those who have

achieved only after their psychiatric symptoms and

been turned away from other

addictions have been stabilised.

programs because of active substance abuse and refusal to participate in psychiatric treatment. He founded the not for profit organisation Pathways to Housing in New York in 1992.

A faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry, New York University, Dr Tsemberis’s research and innovations have received wide recognition from sources including the Center for Mental Health Services, the National

Pathways to Housing, which he directs, provides

Alliance to End Homelessness, and the United States

immediate access to independent permanent apartments

Interagency Council on Homelessness. In October

to individuals who are homeless and who have

2005 Pathways received the American Psychiatric

psychiatric disabilities and addictions. It is an intensely

Association psychiatric services gold award for programs

client-driven program that is based on the philosophy

for community mental health. There are currently more

that consumers can determine their own destinies.

than 15 replications of the Pathways program across the

Pathways to Housing separates housing from treatment.

country each achieving remarkable success in ending

It treats homelessness by providing people with

homelessness for people with psychiatric disabilities.

apartments, and then treats mental illness by intensive and individualised programs that actively work with


clients to address their emotional, psychiatric, medical and human needs.

celebrating 10 years of the Bruce Woodcock memorial lecture Ten years ago, Frank and Patricia

by challenging the stigma and

Woodcock approached Mental Illness

discrimination that surrounds mental

Fellowship Victoria with a vision. That

illness and exploring what was possible

vision was to bring to the attention of

for people with mental illness. Frank had

the community important issues that

wanted to leave money to MI Fellowship

affected people with mental illness

in his will, but had decided that it could be

and their families. Their son Bruce had

put to good use now. Out of this was born

schizophrenia, and tragically, like so many

the Bruce Woodcock memorial lecture.

other people who experience the often tumultuous and difficult symptoms of this illness, took his own life. Frank and Patricia wanted to honour his memory

For a retrospective look at the Woodcock lectures since 1999 and what they have achieved go to

Frank and Patricia Woodcock (centre) with Elizabeth Crowther (left), Rob and Adel Merola (SEW Eurodrive)




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mental illness education dual diagnosis programs on offer

Well Ways Duo was a great chance to learn more about the

The Well Ways family education program for dual

illnesses, the similarities and interaction between drug use and

diagnosis, now known as Well Ways Duo (formerly

mental illness, along with the resources available to both carers

Double Trouble), is being offered in metropolitan

and people affected by a dual diagnosis.

Melbourne throughout 2008. If you have a family member with mental illness and substance use problems, the Well Ways Duo program is for you.

causes, symptoms and treatment options of various mental

In addition to the invaluable information provided, a particularly beneficial aspect of the program was the opportunity to talk to other people in similar situations.

It aims to increase the capacity of families and friends

The warm and friendly environment offered a confidential

of people with dual diagnosis to care effectively for

and non-judgmental atmosphere where thoughts, concerns

themselves, the person with the dual diagnosis and other

or questions could be freely expressed, and as the support

family members.

network grew stronger throughout the program, it was

A participant from the program in 2007 writes: Having recently completed the Well Ways Duo program, I found the experience to be extremely beneficial, as a family member, to better understand, cope with and inform myself of my loved one’s illness.

feelings were both common and normal. Above all, Well Ways Duo helped me to improve my understanding of life from my loved one’s perspective, and also helped me to better understand myself and my role as a carer. Overall, the program proved to be a very positive and rewarding experience. Davina

invitation We invite you to phone and book yourself and family members in to a program. There are three choices for the first half of 2008.

refreshing to find out that my experiences, thoughts and

Tuesdays April 1- May 6 (Heidelberg)

Mondays June 2 - July 21 (Fairfield) To be confirmed

Wednesdays May 28 - July 2 (South Yarra)

Phone Rosemary Baker (03) 84864232

give me a break Recent government funding has increased respite

What is ‘flexible respite’?

services available to people with mental illness, their

Flexible respite options include:

families and friends.

• Camps and family holidays – camps are usually tailored

A number of community agencies, including Mental Illness

to a specific group, for example a cultural group, or have

Fellowship Victoria, were recently successful in obtaining

a particular theme.

funding for additional flexible respite services. This funding will help establish new respite services across Australia. Ongoing funding will be available through Commonwealth carer respite centres in each region. Why new funding? Current respite options for people with a mental illness and their families and friends are not available in many areas of Victoria, and only offer some types, such as planned residential respite where people must book

• Short notice respite – when families are experiencing sudden increased stress, for example, when an elderly carer needs to go to hospital. Short notice respite is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. • Occasion limited/in-home/individually tailored respite – every respite situation is unique. A tailored respite plan is developed taking into account the setting and timing required as well as individual needs.

a holiday in advance. This new funding is targeted at

How do I access flexible respite?

providing a range of flexible respite options, such as

Contact your nearest Commonwealth carer respite centre by

those that Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria currently

contacting FREECALL 1800 059 059. The respite centre will

offer in the east and north west metro areas.

talk to you about your needs, and link you with a respite provider in your area to provide the services that you require.


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charting a new course Congratulations to students from Fairfield Place

that meant she had a special place for organisations

and from the first Frankston Certificate in General

like ours. Both Matt and Jo expressed how moved they

Education for Adults who gathered for a graduation

were at hearing the personal stories of people who rang

ceremony on December 17 last year. This nationally

to give money for the treadmill fundraiser. They will

recognised training designed by Mental Illness

continue to be patrons for the program in Frankston.

Fellowship Victoria helps people with mental illness who have fallen out of mainstream education to return to study, gain confidence and achieve a certificate level qualification as a pathway to further study or employment. People fall out of education because of episodic illness and the failure of mainstream educational institutions to make reasonable accommodation for people with mental illness.

This year in Frankston, a Certificate III in General Education for Adults will be offered for the first time. This level of certificate offers much greater scope for entry into employment. At the graduation, education services manager Bernadette Doyle made a request for 10 laptops for the students starting the course in 2008. All of their course work will be completed using the laptops. During the afternoon tea at the graduation,

The course has been running for three years at Fairfield

the executive director of SEW Eurodrive, Rob Merola,

and was piloted in Frankston this year with the generous

announced that he had spoken to his IT unit and SEW

support of Jo Stanley and Matt Tilley of FOX FM’s Matt

Eurodrive would donate 10 new laptops for the students.

& Jo breakfast show. In October 2006, Matt spent the entire breakfast show on a treadmill aiming to run 40km and asking businesses to sponsor him “a K for a K” – 42 mainly small businesses rang in and by the end of the breakfast show $42,000 had been raised – that funded the pilot course in Frankston. At the graduation Matt and Jo spoke about their

We thank Matt & Jo for their patronage and SEW Eurodrive, who have contributed more than $1million to MI Fellowship over the past 10 years for their seemingly endless generosity and support. Later this year, the Certificate 11 in General Education for Adults course will also be piloted in Shepparton.


motivation for their extraordinary commitment. Jo spoke

For further information on the courses, contact

of her experience of mental illness in her own family

Bernadette Doyle at Fairfield Place on 03 8486 4200 or


Caring Grandparents



A special group for grandparents who play an important role with their grandchildren due to the children’s parent being unwell, will have their next meeting Tuesday April 8, 7-9pm at Drummond Street Relationship Centre, Carlton. There will be a speaker and discussion on parenting as a grandparent. Call 96636733 if you want to attend.



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home at last

people and their stories

Kate and her son had been living in a caravan park

It’s a great relief to be in a safe place. There’s a lot more security

before moving into a Community Housing Limited

in having a place I’m not going to get kicked out of.

(CHL) unit in Carrum Downs this year made possible by Kim Henderson, MI Fellowship intensive outreach worker in Frankston. This is Kate’s story. My son and I had been living in a caravan by the beach for a couple of months because I just couldn’t find any other cheap accommodation.

Last year the DHS told me I was going to be waiting another nine years before I could be housed permanently. My stress levels would go up and I’d never know from one week to the next where we would be living. I’ve had eight or nine transitional homes and there was an area where I didn’t want to live in public housing. My problem

I don’t have family support here. My son was born in

was drinking and smoking pot and I turned back to that if

England and I get no support from his father. He’s 11.

I was in the wrong place.

We’ve been seeing specialists for years. A facial nerve

Previously, I’ve been in domestic violence situations, lost

was damaged in a domestic violence situation and he’s

everything a couple of times over and was eventually forced

had several operations on his face for nerve replacements.

into the caravan.

He has to have more surgery soon and I wanted a place for him to come home from hospital and recover. The caravan was too small. My son slept in the bed with me, it was very cold all the time and cost nearly $200 a week, then there was electricity. I couldn’t afford to run a heater, food on top, then on top of that a child who had to have

This house is better than anywhere I’ve been in the last seven or eight years because it’s permanent. It’s got two bedrooms, there’s plenty of room for us but I can’t have anyone else moving in which is better for me and my son; it’s private and the rent is manageable, $125 a week. It’s around $220 a week market value.

surgery. I needed to get out of the caravan park so my

It’s all brand new. I love it. It has made me feel a lot more at

son wouldn’t get an infection after coming out of hospital.

ease, comfortable and happier. I have a much better lifestyle. The bathroom is very well ventilated; there’s ducted heating, plants in the patio area and a garden shed. I have everything I need. Naturally my son feels great having his own room. He feels quite safe and seems to like his own space. Really he’s a changed individual. He’s a lot better at school than he was, he’s getting better marks and his whole life has changed. I have a back injury from a car accident but eventually I would like to go back to work. Kim was an inspiration. MI Fellowship has been very helpful. Obviously it will take little steps. I see people for support and my son has support as well. But we are better off now than we’ve been for years. I have a better chance of recovery here. I’m only speaking for myself, but I know they all do in these houses here. Kim Henderson was able to place another six tenants in the same complex of 24 units, and a family in a new house in Berwick, all developed by CHL, a developer committed to affordable housing for people in need. The units are designated

Kate with fellow tenants Andrew Holack and Robert Taylor.


park bench observations of daily life

for elderly, people with disabilities and the homeless.

Peter Barker the cartoonist behind the Park Bench cartoons usually seen in this space has put down his pen. We thank him for his astute observations of daily life. His back catalogue is soon to be exhibited on our new website in the gallery section.


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from our chief executive It is estimated in official figures that around 100,000 people every night in Australia are without a roof over their head. These figures from the Australia Bureau of Statistics

It is in this broad context that Mental Illness Fellowship

are, of course, a considerable underestimation. On the

Victoria seeks to argue the case for housing options for

night of the 1996 and 2001 censuses, many people did

people with mental illness and seeks to have a proportion

not fill out a census form. People living on the streets

of housing dollars quarantined for people with mental illness.

do not have mailboxes. They do not have an address. They do not receive mail.

Dr Sam Tsemberis, who will deliver the annual Bruce Woodcock memorial lecture in May this year, has

But homelessness is not just about a roof over one’s

developed a successful model in New York that may

head. Homelessness is also about those who are

have some merit in Australia. Already in Australia there

marginalised and have no options for housing. It is clear

are social housing and affordable housing models

from our surveys of members in the past two years that

operating, but these are not even nearly meeting the need.

this is exactly the situation for many families. People with mental illness are often still living with ageing parents because there have simply been no suitable alternative options available.

The housing debate in Australia over the next months will be important in setting future directions of public policy. The current public debate centres on housing, rather than the creation of conditions that enable people

Housing affordability has been put at the front and centre

with a mental illness to access and maintain a home.

of public policy debate in the past year. Anyone spending

The development of models that take into account the

more than a third of their income on housing is considered

specific needs of people with mental illnesses must

to be in housing stress. This means that many low income

be central to any housing discussion. I encourage you

and even middle income earners are in housing stress.

to contribute to the debate to ensure that people with

Successive interest rate rises have meant more and more

mental illness and their families are not marginalised yet

Australians fall into this category and economic indicators

again. I look forward to seeing you at the lecture and our

suggest there is worse to come. The new Rudd government

associated forums to help us argue for a better future.

has commissioned a white paper and the committee established is asked to report in August this year. Stable and secure housing is a problem of epic proportions. Among the homeless population many are trying to

Our website has taken a great leap forward. Along with our free e-newsletter MI Voice Update, promises to deliver more news, to more people, more often, more enjoyably.

manage mental illness. It is recognised that mental illness can be both a cause and a consequence of homelessness. It is hard to imagine a more stressful

Elizabeth Crowther

situation than not knowing where one might sleep night after night. And we know that high stress exacerbates symptoms of illness.

dates for your diary in 2008 Schizophrenia Awareness Week – 18-25 May | Woodcock Memorial Lecture – 22 May | Mental Health Week – 5-12 October | Open Mind Fiesta – Sunday 12 October | Carers Week – 13-19 October | AGM, Awards and Forum – Friday 17 October | Volunteer thank you party – Wednesday 3 December | Find out more about all activities by calling 03 8486 4200 or visit



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future planning trusts, wills and financial planning for your loved one with a mental illness In January this year, a group of 10 members gathered

• Inaccessible legal language when trying to set up plans

to open up discussion about effective ways to plan

The group brainstormed various potential avenues for

for the financial future of their loved ones with a

further exploration, including:

mental illness. Each member told their story and briefly outlined what plans they currently had in place. Concerns and issues raised included:

• Ongoing case management of financial affairs from a long-term case manager • Guardianship Board developing long-term volunteer

• Upholding the rights and dignity of the person when financial guardianship is in the hands of a legal firm

financial guardians program • Current programs that offer assistance, including Office

• Impact of monies left in trust on Disability Support Pension entitlements

of Housing programs • Pro bono legal representation schemes and programs

• Expectation on siblings/other family members to take

Having shared individual stories and current financial

on a financial management role when parents are no

arrangements, it was agreed by the group that there

longer able to, and the impact of this on relationships

is no “one size fits all” solution, but nevertheless the

• Lack of flexibility when using a trustee firm

sharing of different ideas and solutions was valuable.

• Lack of capacity to set up ongoing financial

The group agreed to meet again to further plans and

arrangements that reflect the episodic nature of some

intends to run a members forum this year to invite a

mental illnesses ie people are often well enough to

wider group of people into the conversation, so watch

manage their own money but get locked into very

this space.

inflexible financial arrangements, limiting their capacity for self-determination

Many thanks to John Lerk, whose initiative led to the formation of this group. We hope that as it progresses it will bear fruit for many of us.

Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria invites you to a public forum...

mental illness and housing exclusion Having a home is a fundamental human right. But every

homelessness are increasingly voiced by employed dual

night too many Australians can’t even access crisis

income professionals. So where do people who have a mental

accommodation. Research by the Australian Institute

illness fit into this picture?

of Health and Welfare indicates that housing crisis services are unable to assist 350 people per day – the majority of whom are women and children.

The forum will explore issues that people with mental illness face, when seeking housing, including: • Personal experiences, and the general picture

Currently, the demand for housing is extreme while the

• Housing discrimination and the law

supply of available housing stock is entirely inadequate.

• Advice and links for people seeking housing

And in the last year the cost of rent rose by 25%

• The wider political context

% invitation:

in Victoria. Stories of frustration and despair about

8 When: April 15 2008, 6.30pm-8.30pm

If there are any particular

Where: Mental Illness Fellowship, Fairfield Place, 276 Heidelberg Road

issues you would like discussed,

Fairfield (Melways P 30 J 12)

please contact Cassy Nunan on

There are limited places available, so to secure a booking please call on 03 84864240.

or 84854240

$5 entrance donation will be gratefully


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PARC expansion prevention and recovery care services provide vital support and can prevent hospitalisation A key feature of mental health services in Victoria is the provision of support to people in their own homes and communities. When a person becomes acutely mentally unwell, services such as the

Other PARC services in Victoria are located in Springvale, Mont Albert, and Geelong.

crisis, assessment and treatment (CAT) team

At Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, we are continuing

provide support at home if possible, or arrange an

to work with our clinical partners in addressing a number

admission to an inpatient unit if the person requires

of issues regarding access to PARC services. These

more support than they can receive at home.

issues include:

A more home-like environment than an inpatient unit, prevention and recovery care (PARC) is a recently developed supported residential service for people experiencing a significant mental health problem but who do not need or no longer require a hospital admission. PARC has been developed to provide extra support that may either prevent, or shorten, an inpatient stay.

• ensuring that PARC services are fully utilised, • increasing the use of PARC as an alternative to hospital admission, working on the premise that increase support provided earlier may assist a person to recover more quickly, • strengthening the partnerships between MI Fellowship and the clinical services.

People can enter PARC from home – where they require more support but do not need an inpatient admission – or as a transition home from an inpatient stay. A person staying at PARC generally has access to their own unit, with private kitchen and bathroom facilities, and 24-hour access to staff. Clinical support is provided by visits from either the local CAT team or the person’s case manager. Usually, a PARC stay is less than four weeks. PARC is run by an area mental health service, usually in partnership with psychiatric disability rehabilitation

Jason at PARC on Maud, Shepparton Key staff member Angela Devoti

and support services (PDRSS) providers. Access to PARC is via the local CAT team services. Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria has two PARC programs, both run in partnership with local clinical services, PARC on Maud in Shepparton, in partnership with Goulburn Valley Health, and the newly opened Nicholson Street PARC in South Yarra, in partnership with The Alfred Hospital.

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You’ll find there’s more information more often as well as photographs from our events across the state. The website will become the focal point for our advocacy campaigns as well as the perfect 24 hour a day introduction to the services we offer. As always you’ll be able to download fact sheets, review past annual reports, and make a generous donation. You’ll also be able to meet some of the individuals who are touched by mental illness as carers, employers professionals and people.

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(marked Not Negotiable and payable to Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria)

Volunteering – Your donation of time and talent. Pledging  a monthly contribution – Giving families a chance. And a future. B  equests – Remember the Mental Illness Fellowship in your will.

Mi Voice Autumn 2008  

Mi Voice Autumn 2008