Department of Health

Providers appointed for unique peer-led residential mental health and wellbeing service

28/09/22

Mind Australia in partnership with Alfred Mental Health and Addiction Health will lead the development of an innovative new residential mental health and wellbeing service in Victoria.

The peer-led residential service will provide a short-term healing environment based in the community and a genuine alternative to acute hospital-based care. 

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System called for people with lived experience to be partners and collaborators across the reform agenda. 

The leadership of people with lived experience throughout the reforms ensures that services are accessible and meet the needs of those who use them.

The new service deeply reflects this call, having been designed and delivered by people with lived experience of mental illness or psychological distress, so that it reflects what they are seeking in their healing, care and support. 

The new bed-based service will be the first of its kind in Victoria. Similar services in New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom have been highly effective for residents.

The service providers will co-design the final therapeutic model, service operating model, and the built environment.

The new service is expected to open in late 2023.

Reviewed 28 September 2022

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