Work underway on new inner-city mental health service (29.08.2014)
Written on the 29 August 2014
The Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Ms Georgie Crozier MLC, today conducted a site visit to inspect construction progress at the Fitzroy North site.
“The St Vincent’s Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) service will provide early intervention for people experiencing mental illness as well as a safe space for people to progress their recovery after a period of hospital admission,” Ms Crozier said.
“The PARC will fulfill a critical role in caring for people with mental illness by providing intensive 24-hour treatment and support from clinicians and mental health workers,” Ms Crozier said.
Operated by St Vincent’s Hospital in partnership with the Mental Illness Fellowship of Victoria, the PARC is unique to the inner northern suburbs as it brings together clinical and community mental health support to be either a step-up to or step-down from clinical care.
This means it can provide early intervention support and a diversion from a hospital stay or a graduated step back into a community environment from a hospital stay.
Funding for the service was committed in the Napthine Government’s recent state budget and will total $6.8 million over four years.
“This is an example of how the Napthine Government’s recent budget is investing in our community, investing in jobs and providing much-needed support for vulnerable Victorians,” Ms Crozier said.
Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge said the Coalition Government has a strong commitment to improving access to mental health care and expanding PARC services across Victoria.
"PARCs provide vital ongoing care for people no longer requiring hospital treatment for mental illness. They can also reduce pressure on hospital beds by providing early intervention care and an alternative to hospital admission.”
"One of the great features of the PARC model is that it places a strong focus on supporting families and carers to feel welcome and involved in the recovery planning of their family member or friend,” Ms Wooldridge said.
The Victorian Coalition Government has invested in 280 mental health beds since coming to government.