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October 2014

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The Austin Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) facility.

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Banyule Mayor Craig Langdon and Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge at the Austin Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) facility official opening.

New mental health service opens in Heidelberg

People with mental illness in Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs have access to a 10-bed short-stay service with the official opening of the new Austin Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) facility.

‘The PARC service will provide early intervention for people experiencing mental illness as well as a safe space for people to progress their recovery after a period of hospital admission,’ Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge said.

‘Jointly managed by MIND Australia and the Austin Hospital, the PARC facility will fulfill a critical role in caring for people with mental illness by providing intensive 24-hour treatment and support from clinicians and mental health recovery workers.’

‘Thanks to the partnership between Austin Health and MIND Australia, this new service will provide early community-based support, which will help divert crisis presentations from the Austin emergency department.’

This PARC facility will also provide vital care for people who no longer require hospital treatment for mental illness and can be discharged from the Austin’s inpatient unit.

Victoria now has 230 PARC beds, including those in development at new facilities in Fitzroy North, Wodonga, Mildura and Warrnambool.

‘One of the great features of the PARC model is that it places a strong focus on supporting families and carers to feel welcome and involved in the recovery planning of their family member or friend,’ Ms Wooldridge said.

‘In expanding models of care, the government has opened three youth PARCs and established a women’s-only PARC,’ Ms Wooldridge said.