In August, Neami National registered Mental Health and Wellbeing Australia (MHWA) as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Neami to provide continuity of services to 270 mental health consumers in Barwon following the voluntary administration of Pathways, an NDIS provider in Geelong.
Following an extensive branding process, in November we announced that Me Well would be the new brand identity for MHWA and focus as an NDIS provider at all levels. Neami National will remain strategically focused as a specialist mental health provider. Whilst the operational set-up of each company will be different, the mission and values of both companies will be the same.
It is our aim that Me Well NDIS operations will be phased-in nationally over the next three years. This will allow us to maintain continuity and support to consumers who are transitioning to NDIS service provision. We will continue with all of our existing partnership, contractual and funding commitments.
We are optimistic that these new arrangements will support Neami to retain a highly trained and skilled workforce to provide specialist expertise while allowing the development of flexible operational systems required to deliver quality NDIS services through Me Well.
For more information on Me Well or our NDIS services, contact us on 1800 063 264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In partnership with cohealth and North Western Mental Health, Neami have undertaken evaluations of the effectiveness of the Northern and Arion Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) services in Victoria.
Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) services provide short-term site based support for people who are at risk of requiring hospital admission or who are leaving hospital and require additional support to successfully transition back into the community and avoid relapse. The PARC services offer 24-hour support and a range of individual and group rehabilitation and recovery programs.
The PARC evaluation focused on an analysis of acute inpatient hospital admissions and length of stay for consumers up to one year before or one year after their PARC entry.
Results showed a 51% reduction in hospital admissions after a PARC entry and a 57% reduction in the total number of days spent in hospital inpatient units.
These outcomes suggest that PARC services are having their intended impact of reducing hospital use for consumers of mental health services. These outcomes represent an exciting first step in evaluating PARC services and the ongoing development of these services.
Learn more about the Prevention and Recovery Care services evaluation here.
Following a very successful pilot, Neami is investing in the expansion of the Peer Health Coaching program.
People experiencing severe mental health issues have higher rates of physical illness and a life expectancy 13-30 years less than the general population. Physical illnesses, such as heart attack and stroke, are responsible for more than 70% of premature deaths amongst people with mental illness.
Driven by this evidence, Neami provides a number of programs that focus on physical health as part of overall wellbeing. Peer Health Coaching is one such program.
Peer Health Coaching is a short-term program in which consumers meet with a peer support worker to identify and work on a specific health goal. Peer Health Coaching is already underway in South Australia following a grant received from Country South Australia PHN, and the program will be rolling out to other states shortly.