New Pilot: Mental Health Support for People in RACFs
Through funding provided by the Department of Health, we will be piloting a new mental health service for people living in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) in our region.
During the six-month pilot, an experienced mental health nurse will be providing support to residents, identified as being affected by mild to moderate mental illness, at two local RACFs: Uniting Springwood and Uniting Hawkesbury Richmond. This pilot will help us develop a model that we can use to expand this service more widely across the region in mid-2019.
To access this service, residents require a diagnosis of a mental illness and a referral from their GP or a clinical nurse based at a participating RACF. If a patient is referred directly by the RACF, the patient’s nominated GP will be notified and kept up-to-date with their progress.
To refer a patient living in Uniting Springwood or Uniting Hawkesbury Richmond to the service, call our Mental Health Intake team on 1800 223 365.