Adult Prevention and Recovery Care (APARC)

What we do

Adult Prevention and Recovery Care (APARC) holds 10-single bed units. APARC provides 24-hour treatment and support for young people aged 16 to 25 years, living in the Loddon Campaspe Southern Mallee region.

APARC is coordinated by Mental Health Services in partnership with MIND Australia. This community based facility functions as a short term “step up” (from the community) or “step down” (from hospital) residential stay to either, prevent further deterioration of mental state and/or to further assist with recovery.

There is a psycho-social program imbedded in APARC to promote recovery and rehabilitation. The facility provides a schedule of group activities alongside individual 1:1 support based on your strengths and goals as identified within individual recovery plans.

Who we care for

APARC provides treatment and support to people who are experiencing mental health issues.

How to access this service

Access is generally through the clinical provider and facilitated through psychiatric assessment. This may be via Mental Health Regional Triage, Continuing Care Team (CCT) or similar. Eligibility is contingent on Area Mental Health Service case management

Referrals can be made to either stream of care by contacting Mental Health Regional Triage Service 1300 363 788.(24 hours a day, 7 days per week).

Adult Prevention and Recovery Care (APARC)

Location

Tucker Street, Golden Square, VIC, 3550

Phone

1300 286 463

How to refer your patient

Referrals must be made to Mental Health Regional Triage Service 1300 363 788.

It provides 24-hour access to mental health services across the region and is the single point of initial contact.

Referring persons are asked to provide the following information:

Any recent presentation/concerns and any new findings and recent medical investigations (Pathology, neurological testing/reports, Histology and Medical Imaging).

A list of current medications (if prescribed), relevant patient history, relevant family history, any other information pertinent and that may assist in decision making with patient, family/carer about their care and treatment.

Clinical service overview

APARC is a residential service that has 10 single bed units to allow a person to work on stabilizing their mental state and working toward recovery goals in a supportive environment. The program is recovery focused, community-based, short-term (a maximum stay of 28 days) service for people experiencing a mental health problem, but who do not need (or no longer require) a hospital admission.

Clinical governance for APARC is provided by our Mental Health Service and is staffed by Mental Health Services clinicians on day and evening shifts 7 days a week in conjunction with 24/7 staffing by MIND Australia.

APARC will be considered when one or more of thefollowing occurs: Severe and acute psychological distress with risk of serious harm to the person or others, rapid first onset illness and distress, acute relapse of a pre-existing mental illness, an unplanned presentation to a mental health service by an existing or recently discharged consumer (patient) because they are in psychiatric crisis.

The team will also consider residential stay when a person has recurrent presentation to an emergency department as a result of drug or alcohol intoxication and high-risk behaviour in the context of a probable mental illness.

APARC will not be considered where substance use is the presenting concern and treatment needs can be better met with specialist AOD and/or primary care sectors. Or when a person is experiencing a high prevalence disorder, such as mild depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and adjustment disorder.

APARC will not consider residential stay where patients can be managed by services in the primary care sector using Medicare Mental Health Care Plans through the GP and Counselling services.

The team will not consider low prevalence disorders or where the patient is stable and/or well linked in with a GP, NDIS or other health professional.

APARC will not accept a person who does not wish to engage with service or does not meet criteria for involuntary treatment under the Mental Health Act 2014.

Adult Prevention and Recovery Care (APARC)

Location

Tucker Street, Golden Square, VIC, 3550

Phone

1300 286 463