Once employed, these sector development workers will operate locally to enhance service linkages, coordination and collaboration.
The Alliance set out a number of objectives prior to commencement of consultation on the Resilient Places Project:Consultation will help develop a project model that best fits circumstances in each part of the State;Linkages with other disaster recovery initiatives are critical to the project’s success; Locating the project well in relation to other mental health initiatives & services is important; The Alliance is seeking partnerships with other local or regional organisations to better implement the project;The Alliance has some priority linkages it wishes to ensure are established as part of the project including with Local Governments’ Community Development Officers, divisions of general practice & Queensland Health service integration work; The Alliance wishes to explore options with other agencies such as partnership & co-location rather than direct subcontracting arrangements; & The Alliance wants to optimise funding resources by sharing accommodation & office resources where possible. Information and communication strategyFace – to face meetingsAssistance to recruit MHCC
There are significant additional service delivery resources either already in place, or about to be put in place, to support disaster recovery by extending or improving mental health services & the Resilient Places Project needs to link well with these services.Linkages to the disaster recovery work in the mental health area that is being undertaken by Councils are critical. Examples raised in consultation included linking to work on resilience & improving well-being that has been incorporated into disaster plans & linking with the Human and Social Sub-Committees that have been established by Councils. Local Governments in communities recovering from disasters have been funded for Community Development Officers that Resilient Places Project will need to link with. Mental health services in the locations where the Project is to be located are delivered by a variety of types of organisations & individuals including community mental health agencies, NGOs with a more generic focus, government agencies, medical practitioners & allied health professionals in private practice. Linkages between this range of service delivery points are not always clear & the way different organisations & individuals operate in their local community may differ considerably. Improving the way services are delivered by creating linkages between these organisations & individuals was discussed at a number of consultation meetings.
Resilient Places Overview
Resilient Places What we doWhere we fit in the bigger picture How we can work together www.qldalliance.org.au
What does QLD Alliance do ?• Represents and supports community organisations;• Promotes human rights for persons with a mental illness;• Influences governments to invest more in services supporting community recovery;• Advocates for community wellbeing.
Our Goals are:• Social inclusion and community wellbeing;• A mental health system focused on people‟s recovery in their own homes and communities; and• Easy access to information and strategies that promote mental health
Resilient Places• Funded until 30 June 2013, through the MHDRP, to establish and deliver: – Mental Health Community Coordination Project, and – Mental Health Resource Hub.• Mental Health Disaster Recovery Package (MHDRP) is a joint initiative of the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
Resilient Places Mental Health Community Coordinators• Atherton Tablelands – Jo Abbatangelo• Innisfail – Pam Maher• Tully/Cardwell – Jenny Boyge• Ingham – Michelle Dyck• Lockyer Valley/ Toowoomba/ Chinchilla/Roma – Rod Saal
What has Resilient Places Done?To start, weconsulted withservice networks• Why ?• How ?• Intentionalapproach abouthow to enter acommunity
What was learnt from the consultation ? The importance of Linkages• New and existing resources to support disaster recovery• Councils and role in improving well-being• CDO‟s as collaborators• Improve the way services in the mental health field are delivered through linkages
What was learnt from the consultation ?• Co-locate if possible;• Follow service networks, QH boundaries;• Project workers map „real‟ area;• Base MHCC in the target town, if not regular outreach;• Communicate what days where;• Resource or build networks.
What is theMental Health Sector ? Who does what? Who ya gonna call?
Service Integration Coordinator (SIC) Resilience & Recovery TeamsResilient PlacesInitiative
What has Resilient Places done?• Implement QA vision in local areas; through practical approach;• Building mental health hubs;• Sector development using community development principles.
For exampleTraining and professional development calendar collated Free training sourced for sectorNeed for teacher support identified – collaborative submission for programActive with Recovery networksRole in Anniversary events
For example• Micro-grant program $200, 000 over 2 years completing June 2013.• See http://www.qldalliance.org.au/successful- micro-grants-announced• 43 received – 22 funded• Projects like...
Micro-grant ProjectsHealthier Great Green Way Hinchinbrook CommunityiFocus: A project using Support Centre will create aphotography and narrative with “hub” providing volunteerprimary schools to enable community service groups in thestudents to describe, explain Hinchinbrook district with accessand experience thosemoments, relationships, places to information and resources toor things which helped them enhance their contribution tofeel safe, hopeful and positive community resiliency in the eventduring and post Cyclone Yasi. of natural disaster.
Micro-grant ProjectsWomen That Fish Barra Classic 2012 A creative collaboration Uniting Care Community between the Women that Fish Funding to run suicide Committee, Relationships awareness and prevention Australia and Women‟s Health workshops, Safe TALK in Centre to link services and Goodna, Ipswich, Fernvale, Es emotional health and well k/Toogoolwah being information to angling women and their families.
Australasian Centre for Rural andBlue Care Lockyer ValleyProvide staff and volunteers with Remote Mental Health ( ACRRMH)training to develop strategies for “It‟ll Be Alright in the Long Run‟ Mini Roaddealing with post traumatic Show developed by ACRRMH will holdstress and grief for themselves, shows with broad range communityclients and the broader group support and service providerscommunity presence at Kingaroy, Tara, Dalby, Clifton. This grant will pay for the entertainers skilled at communicating mental health and well being messages
What‟s next for Resilient Places?• Co-ordination work by MHCC‟s;• Enhance or create mental health hubs;• Respond to what CDEI/CDO‟s need;• Create suite of resources to support building mentally health communities.
What‟s next for Resilient Places?• Build relationship with QH Recovery and Resilience teams and pathways to sector;• Concentrate of practice mindful of sustainability goal;• Small is beautiful!;• Communication and information locally to support hubs.