Care model wins award

WINNERS: Mental Health Strategic Operations Director Umit Agis, Dr Nisar Contractor, Flinders and Far North Mental Health Regional Manager Martin Burke, Manager Jo Drummond, Senior OT Shaun Dennis and Director Ros Mcrae.
WINNERS: Mental Health Strategic Operations Director Umit Agis, Dr Nisar Contractor, Flinders and Far North Mental Health Regional Manager Martin Burke, Manager Jo Drummond, Senior OT Shaun Dennis and Director Ros Mcrae.

A program which provided many locals support during one of the most trying periods in Whyalla’s history has taken home the Premier’s Health Award – Our Community.

The Whyalla Mental Health Crisis Response – Stepped Model of Care run by the Mental Health Strategic Operations, Country Health SA Local Health Network received the honour at the 2017 SA Health Awards.

For people that were acutely unwell were able to receive treatment in the in-patient units, then the may transition into our intermediate care service where they receive intensive community base support.

Mental Health Strategic Operations Director Umit Agis.

The stepped model of care ensured government and non-government health services were well positioned to support the Whyalla community during the uncertainty surrounding Liberty OneSteel (ex Arrium).

The model focuses on providing a range of services to match the needs of the consumer as they journey through their period of recovery from a mental illness.

Flinders and Far North Mental Health Regional Manager Martin Burker said he was ‘overjoyed’ with what the team had been able to achieve.

“To be nominated in the first place was great, but to actually take out the award is a fantastic achievement for this team,” he said.

“The uncertainty with Arrium did consolidate what we were trying to achieve and developing that stepped model of care has given us the capacity to help people during their journey.

“For people that were acutely unwell were able to receive treatment in the in-patient units, then they may transition into our intermediate care service where they receive intensive community base support.”

Mental Health Strategic Operations Director Umit Agis presented the award to the team at the Whyalla Hospital last week.

“This award means this group has contributed to it’s community significantly in terms of achieving health outcomes,” he said.

“Working closely with our GPs, the local council, and a number of government departments we were able to identify at-risk groups in Whyalla and look at how we could support them.”