23 Nov 2016
To download a PDF copy of the booklet, click here.
15 Mar 2016
The recent National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services by the National Mental Health Commission has drawn attention to the need of local planning of care for people with a lived experience of mental illness. The NSW Commission’s plan indicates that the current mental health system is highly fragmented, difficult to navigate and characterised by disjointed policy, financing and service delivery systems at national and state levels.
For good risk service planning in this complex environment it is important to know not only how many services there are, but also what are they doing and where they are located. It is also important to have a standard basis for analysis to design evidence-informed planning. Within this context, Atlases of Health are essential tools for decision making and quality assessment.
18 Nov 2015
Recently the PIRSWS Teams had a cultural immersion day at Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation. We experienced the ancient teaching through inspirational activities and toured the site to hear about Tharawal’s holistic approach to “Aboriginal Health” through their Community Programs and Services.
It was a wonderful day, with a Smoking Ceremony and a Sand Ceremony that we all were privileged to be part of .
PIRSWS would like to thank Karen Beetson and Kelly Smith for arranging the event, and Uncle Ivan for his time and particular interest in Partners in Recovery South Western Sydney, and what we achieve.
Please take the time to view the photos from the day.
11 Nov 2015
The Atlas of Mental Health Services SWS provides detailed information on social and demographic characteristics and needs, as well as data on service availability, accessibility and capacity.
Version for Public Comments
5 November 2015
Available for public feedback until 10 December 2015
Send feedback to:
Ana Fernandez, Brain and Mind Research Ctr, USyd firstname.lastname@example.org
National Mental Health Commissioner
Prof Luis Salvador-Carulla
Brain and Mind Research Ctr, USyd
Launch of Atlas – 5th November 2015
27 Sep 2015
Booklet of Consumer Stories
People with severe and persistent mental illness come from all walks of life. Each individual has their own story. By sharing their stories, people can help others understand what it is like for them and how others can find hope in their life journeys. By hearing their stories, we can build a community of support and a shared understanding of recovery.
Understanding recovery means understanding that it will look different for each person. The goal isn’t necessarily for everything to be perfectly well all the time. It is knowing that for each person, there are ups and downs in their recovery journey, and they can still have a quality of life during the journey.
If you have a copy of the booklet, you can watch and listen to the people in this booklet tell their story on your smart phone or tablet! Just hold your device over the picture of the person and their video starts playing – you can literally hear them telling their story in their own voice.
The booklet was created by Partners in Recovery South Western Sydney. To get copies of this booklet, please contact Stephanie Isvik on email@example.com or 0481 013 174.
24 Aug 2015
Systems and Services Improvement Fund 2015/2016
Partners in Recovery South Western Sydney is investing $1,077,000 into 8 inspiring community projects to help improve the quality of life for people with severe and persistent mental illness.
The Partners in Recovery Systems and Services Improvement Fund 2015/ 2016 will fund not-for-profit organisations across South Western Sydney to deliver projects to help improve the mental health system across the region. The projects will run from July 2015 to July 2016.
Physical Health Hub Campbelltown
Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation
This project will provide a multidisciplinary service that offers a ‘one stop shop’ that supports the physical and mental health needs of people experiencing mental illness. Key to this approach is that mental health and allied health professionals will work in tandem to offer tailored support which includes a comprehensive health assessment, detailed and personalised physical activity plan, access to focused psychological sessions and access to a GP services, Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Exercise Physiology services. This will be open to all people living with a mental illness and their carers.
Physical Health Hub Wollondilly
Community Links Wollondilly
This project will provide a multidisciplinary service that offers a ‘one stop shop’ that supports the physical and mental health needs of people experiencing mental illness. Key to this approach is that mental health and allied health professionals will work in tandem to offer tailored support which includes a comprehensive health assessment, detailed and personalised physical activity plan, access to focused psychological sessions and access to General Practioner, Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Exercise Physiology services. This will be open to all people living with a mental illness and their carers.
Connecting for Change Bankstown and Wollondilly/Wingecarribee
The Benevolent Society
This project aims to increase social, recreation and educational activities for people living with a mental illness, and reduce social isolation. The projects will strengthen the recovery of its members by creating personal goals and developing new skills. The project will include:
- Weekly social groups
- Weekly wellbeing groups
- Community access excursions
- Information and education
- Linking members with relevant health professionals and support where needed
Hands On Stage 2
Macarthur Hoarding and Squalor Forum (auspice by Macarthur Disability Services)
The project builds knowledge and capacity for services to effectively work with consumers identified as having hoarding and/or squalor behaviours. Stage 2 will expand the project to cover the whole of South Western Sydney and will also employ a full-time project officer. The project aims to:
- Deliver workshops to key stakeholders such as housing providers (private and public), government and non government service providers, and General Practitioners, to build capacity and knowledge, and reduce stigma
- Develop supports groups for people experiencing hoarding and/or squalor through the ‘Buried in Treasures’ framework
- Increase sector collaboration and communication in addressing hoarding and/or squalor
- Build on the data collection projects
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Project Officer
Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre
This project will continue to increase early identification of the supports that are required by people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who may be experiencing mental health concerns. Led by project worker Ayman Alhaboub the project has established vital links with General Practices in the Liverpool and Fairfield areas, which has led to earlier identification and triage of the target group, and enhanced referral pathways.
Additionally Ayman has ensured that Liverpool MRC staff members have undertaken recent mental health training and also hosted a CALD mental health forum that was successful in highlighting emerging mental health issues for CALD communities.
Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Project Officer
Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation
This project provides a tailored approach to supporting Aboriginal people experiencing complex mental health problems, drug and alcohol, and accommodation problems.
Innovative approaches, such as a cultural connector, whose role is to engage with harder to reach clients, and also implementing group sessions which utilise craft and art give participants a chance to express themselves in creative ways.
Tharawal aim to take an integrated and holistic approach to supporting people with complex mental health problems, and regularly case conference internally and with a range of external community providers to ensure that the full range of their clients needs are met.
Community Owned Primary Health Enterprise
Sector Connect Inc
The Community Owned Primary Health Enterprise Project aims to increase access to and improve integration of primary mental health care services across South Western Sydney. This successful Victorian model identifies and tests options to open Medicare services, including psychiatry, across the non government sector. The project focuses on gathering information on the health and community services sector and identifying options for a better integrated system with improved access for clients with mental illness.
If you would like further information please call Chris Jones, or Rachel Smith, Senior System Coordinators,
Partners in Recovery
on 1300 179 765.
03 May 2015
03 May 2015
The Tobacco Free Group is held at Northside Macarthur. The group has been running well, and those interested should check out our flyer for contact details, Times and dates are listed on the event calendar on this site.
23 Apr 2015
In February, Partners in Recovery South West Sydney (PIRSWS) worked with the Bankstown Recovery and Support Network to hold a Wellness Festival in Bankstown. The purpose of this festival was to promote information and services about Mental Health.
The Festival was held at Paul Keating Park, with a great turn out of over 500 community members attending.
10 Apr 2015
There can be little doubt that change is in the air in the landscape of mental health policy in NSW. Amid the roll-out of the NDIS and NSW Partnerships for Health community sector reforms, there is considerable uncertainty about the future. In this climate, the value of the recent Partners in Recovery (PIR) Foresight Workshop is manifold
Across two days in February, PIR organisation from around NSW convened in Sydney to examine the challenges and opportunities resulting from a changing policy landscape, and to discuss approaches to strategically position the PIR program into the future to ensure high-functioning cross-sector service coordination system is maintained.
Read more on the outcomes of this forum here