Prestigious award marks mental health care milestone

Group of people holding certificate in front of Helping Minds banner
Program Manager Sue Thistlethwaite, Helping Minds CEO Debbie Childs, Senior Social Worker Vicki Mears, Carer Representative Kay DeBrett, Service Co-Director Anthony Collier and Carer Support Coordinator Jayne Beresford at the WA Mental Health Awards night
July 24, 2017

The Rockingham Peel Group (RkPG) Mental Health Service has received a WA Mental Health Award (external site) for its commitment to family-centred care, coinciding with its 25th anniversary.

Presented by the WA Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) on Thursday, the awards celebrate those who have made an outstanding contribution to mental health in WA.

Service Co-Director Anthony Collier said the achievement recognised his team’s commitment to providing accessible and collaborative community-based services.

“We are focused on providing care to people in their own environments in a way that involves their families, carers and other support services,” Anthony said. “This achievement is a testament to our staff and the dedicated work they do day in, day out, to support people with mental illness.”

The service had its humble beginnings in 1992 when a two-person outreach service – consisting of a psychiatrist and a nurse – began visiting from Fremantle Hospital.

Today, RkPG provides mental health services for around 1,100 people in the Rockingham, Kwinana, Mandurah, Murray and Waroona communities.

The team delivers a diverse range of services including mental health assessment, treatment, care planning, education, support for families and carers, and rehabilitation.

The Mimidi Park mental health unit at Rockingham General Hospital provides inpatient services for adults and older adults experiencing acute and serious mental illness.

The Mental Health team also provides vital consultation services for patients in other areas of the hospital, including the Emergency Department.

A new step-up, step-down facility launched last year delivers short-term residential support to help people manage a change in mental health or transition home after hospital.

Anthony said while it was nice to reflect on the success, there was always more to be done.

“Mental health continues to be a growing issue and it’s important we’re doing everything we can at a community level to help people stay well. We are enormously proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 25 years and we look forward to the next 25.”

For more information on RkPG mental health services, visit the Our Services webpage.