Building the evidence base of Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) services in Victoria, Australia
A/Prof Lisa Brophy
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Prof Jane Pirkis
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This three year National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership Project involves a multi-pronged evaluation of Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) services in Victoria. PARC services are residential sub-acute services that support people with mental ill-health to either avoid an inpatient hospital admission (step up) or leave hospital early (step down). They have a strong emphasis on integrating clinical mental health care with intensive recovery-focused psychosocial input.
The project is being conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Melbourne, Monash University, La Trobe University and Deakin University. The researchers are working alongside partners from all the current mental health community support services involved in providing PARC services (breakthru, cohealth, Ermha, Life Without Barriers, Mind Australia, Neami National and Wellways), clinical mental health service providers, a lived experience advisory panel, an international expert group and the Victorian Government.
This is an important project as PARC services are an expanding service delivery model across Australia and internationally but they have been under investigated and require a stronger evidence base to inform future development.
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