Home' Southern Health News : October 2014 Contents A safe and supportive
environment for recovery
BY SARAH KOLAR
The Trevor Parry Community Rehabilitation Centre in Noarlunga is significantly
reducing hospital bed days and readmission rates for consumers with severe and
enduring mental illness, helping them to regain confidence, independence and
build links with their community in a homelike setting.
Data collected 12 months either side of a stay
at Trevor Parry Centre, shows bed days reduced
from 5440 to 346 (93 per cent) and hospital
admissions dropped from 114 to 15 (87 per cent)
for the 200 consumers who have completed the
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Mental
Health Services Outer South Sector Manager
John Strachan said consumers who chose to stay
at the Trevor Parry Centre had often spent months
or years in hospital, lived in supported residential
facilities, or experienced homelessness.
"People with severe mental health challenges
experience a number of mental, physical and
social disadvantages, which lead to significantly
more time spent in hospital, and earlier mortality,
than the general population," John said.
"Residents commonly have little confidence,
fractured links with family, limited social supports
and struggle to manage the physical and
psychological impacts of their illness.
"The frequency and duration of hospitalisation for
consumers with enduring mental illness severely
interrupts the opportunity for someone to create
and sustain social networks in the community."
The Trevor Parry Centre, which was opened in
December 2007, has delivered a service to more
than 200 people experiencing a severe and
enduring mental illness. The centre is made up of
seven units -- which house up to 20 residents --
with most staying for between six and 12 months.
As part of a Trevor Parry Centre stay, residents are
• Have a monthly physical health screening and
lifestyle assessment with a focus on exercise,
diet and nutrition, stress management, smoking
reduction, and drug and alcohol use.
• Develop a goal-orientated rehabilitation and
physical health plan as part of their overall
mental health care plan.
• Establish links with a local GP.
• Develop a medication self-management plan.
• Access individual drug and alcohol counselling.
• Access supported employment via in-reach from
a disability employment service provider.
John said the delivery of clinical, psychosocial,
vocational and drug and alcohol rehabilitation in
one location, with a strong focus on valuing lived
experience, had led to the significant reduction in
hospital visits for many consumers.
"Delivering rehabilitation in a homelike,
supportive setting means that residents feel
confident to try new things, and achieve their
goals, where previously this may not have been
possible," he said.
"Throughout their stay, residents are supported
to develop individualised, goal-orientated
"Rehabilitation is delivered via group work,
individual skills training, and operates in
partnership with families and carers.
"Weekly review and planning meetings ensure
residents continue to lead and direct their own
Resident Tasman Armitage, 49, who has been
living at Trevor Parry Centre since February, said
the centre had provided him with a "safe and
stable" environment to support his recovery.
Tasman was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD) and secondary depression in
1992, as a result of an industrial injury sustained
in the 1980s. Over the following years, he
struggled with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
(OCD), hoarding and social phobia, as well as
unemployment, homelessness and fractured links
with his family.
During 2013, he was admitted to hospital at least
six times, with the longest stay spanning four
Tasman said his life started to turn around when
he was accepted as a resident at Trevor Parry
Centre. He has since taken part in workshops
about budgeting, diet and nutrition and yoga,
and is interested in taking up a volunteer role in
"At the Trevor Parry Centre I have gained stability
and support and a return of hope," he said.
"What I have learned in my recovery journey is
that recovery isn't always smooth -- it has its ups
"The support of the staff has been fantastic and
has helped me."
The Trevor Parry Centre is one of three
Community Rehabilitation Centres in metropolitan
Adelaide, with the other two located in Mile End
and Elizabeth East.
For more information about the Trevor Parry
Centre, please call 8384 9969.
Trevor Parry Centre resident Tasman
Armitage says the centre has provided a
"safe and stable environment" to support
Mental Health FEATURE
8 / OCTOBER 2014 / SOUTHERN HEALTH NEWS
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