We’re celebrating our first birthday in the PARC
Apr 10, 2019
Mildura’s Prevention and Recovery Centre (PARC) has for a year been helping people from across the region with mental health issues, to stay out of hospital and get back home to everyday life. Please join us to celebrate this important milestone.
It has been a year of great achievements at the PARC with 85 people supported through short and long-term admissions. The 10-bed, $4.3 million Mildura PARC was opened by the Victorian government in 2018.
Mildura Base Hospital (MBH) CEO Julia Morgan said MBH and Ramsay Health lobbied for the facility because of a need for more residential care options for mental health clients. “The goal, always, is to support people to get back home and back into their community,” Ms Morgan said.
“PARC offers a recovery program that is very individualised and person-focused, so it’s about involving families and planning the recovery process with the client,” she said.
Wellways Australia CEO Elizabeth Crowther said the PARC was providing “specialist services and a recovery pathway” to people who might otherwise go to hospital. “I’d like to thank the Victorian Government for funding this important program,” she said.
The Centre provides state-of-the-art residential care to people experiencing mental health issues and is operated by Wellways Australia in association with Mildura Base Hospital and Ramsay Health. The PARC provides intensive, short-term residential support services for people experiencing mental health issues, with the aim of preventing a possible hospital admission.
Wellways and Mildura Base Hospital have collaborated across the year to develop services and provide clinical expertise. Wellways provides psychological support and helps participants regain skills, such as daily living, developing routines and reconnecting with their family and community.
Ms J came to the PARC struggling with suicidal thoughts and a history of substance use. During her stay, Ms J actively participated in group sessions and learnt new skills to help her manage her difficulties. The PARC provided referrals to substance use support. Ms J enjoyed the therapeutic nature of creative arts and made new friends - which helped in her recovery. Ms J continues to participate in creative arts and is finding her feet again.
Ms M: “My time at PARC was what I needed. I have taken away so many skills and knowledge that I use in my daily life. It was a wonderful pleasant stay. The staff were always available and willing to help me out, with inquires and (referrals to) services that I needed in the community for my continuing health and wellbeing. Thank you so much everyone.”
Mr P: An Indigenous man who stayed for two weeks set employment goals and challenged himself to try something out of his comfort zone. In quick time he had a hospitality traineeship arranged in the Northern Territory. He was excited to be able to learn skills. He also had a range of goals including engaging in the community (social inclusion), taking time for self-reflection/self-care practices including getting plenty of sleep and regularly taking his medication.
Available for interview: Wellways and Mildura Base Hospital CEO’s, PARC staff and indvidual case studies.
Date: Thursday, 11 April
Address: Mildura PARC, Boynton Street, Mildura
About Wellways Australia
Wellways Australia is a leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to ensuring all Australians lead active and fulfilling lives in their community. We work with individuals, families and the community to help them imagine and achieve better lives.
We advocate for change to make sure people can access the best possible care and information when they need it. We provide a wide range of services and assistance for people with mental health issues, disabilities, youth and older Australians and those requiring community care.