Building the evidence base of Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) services in Victoria, Australia


Project Details

Victoria’s Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) services are residential services that aim to minimise time in hospital for people with severe mental disorder. This project aims to explore the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of Victoria’s adult PARC services. Findings from the project will provide important information for service improvement and to help shape future directions for PARC-type services in Australia. The project is a partnership between academic institutions, Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS), clinical mental health service providers and the Victorian Government.

This investigation will be conducted by a team of independent researchers from the University of Melbourne, Monash University, La Trobe University and Deakin University. The researchers will work alongside partners from all the current MHCSS:  Break Thru, Ermha, Life Without Barriers, Cohealth, Wellways (formerly MIF), Mind Australia and Neami National.

The project has a number of different components and will use several different data sources and research methods. In the first instance, we will seek input from each Victorian adult PARC services to develop a detailed typology and comprehensive mapping of services. Next, we will use mental health service data collected by the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services to fully understand PARCS in the context of mental health service provision in Victoria. The final component places a strong emphasis on consumer perspectives by following a cohort of a large number consumers over a one-year period starting from their admission to a PARC service. A series of individual interviews, surveys and focus groups will also be conducted with a smaller group of consumers and carers.

The PARCs Evidence Base Project governance framework consists of four Project Groups and three Task Groups that align with the project’s key aims and objectives.

The PARCs Evidence Base Project governance framework consists of four Advisory Groups and three Task Groups that align with the project’s key aims and objectives.

The Advisory Groups are:

  1. Partners and Investigators Group
  2. Expert Panel
  3. Lived Experiences Advisory Panel (LEAP)
  4. Clinical Advisory Group.

The Task Groups are:

  1. Study 1
  2. Studies 2,3,4
  3. Studies 5&6.

Download the PARCS evaluation program logic model here. Read the executive summary here.


Dr Lisa Brophy

Justine Fletcher

Teresa Hall

Emma Morrisroe

Shifra Waks

Holly Tibble

Dr Bridget Hamilton

Prof Carol Harvey

Dr Victoria Palmer

Prof Jane Pirkis

A/Prof Matt Spittal

Dr Georgina Sutherland


Vrinda Edan (Monash University)

Prof Ellie Fossey (Monash University)

Prof Graham Meadows (Monash University)

Dr John Farhall (Latrobe University)

A/Prof Cathy Mihalopoulos (Deakin University)

Partners and Investigators

Austin Health

Break Thru


Department of Health and Human Services


Life Without Barriers

Wellways (Mental Illness Fellowship) Victoria

Mind Australia

Neami National 

NorthWestern Mental Health

Research Outcomes

Research Group

Recovery and Social Justice

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Data science, health metrics and disease modeling

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Centre for Mental Health

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