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Service Report Jan - June 2008

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Title

Service Report Jan - June 2008

Other title

Mental Health Association of Central Australia

Collection

Mental Health Association of Central Australia reports; MHACA : Mental Health Association of Central Australia reports; Reports; PublicationNT

Date

2008

Description

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Notes

Date:2008

Language

English

Subject

Mental health facilities -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Mental health services -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Well-being -- Social aspects -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

Publisher name

Mental Health Association of Central Australia

Place of publication

Alice Springs

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Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/242228

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/610060

Page content

MHACAServiceReport,JanuaryJune2008 /14 ii)Evaluationsundertakenwithclientsandcarersinserviceprovision D2DLProgram TheD2DLProgramcompletesevaluationsurveysfollowinganindividualsactivitiesatMHACAwith theaimtoimproveandmodifyactivities.NoevaluationsorsurveyswererecordedbythePathways teamforthisperiod. GroupTraining An8weekGroupTrainingblockwasconductedundertheauspicesofTinaNamowforMHACA/ CAMHSstaffonthewardtoassistintherapeuticgroupwork.Fourevaluationswerecompletedon severalactivities:ArtTherapy,Drumming,TaiChiandYoga. Outcomes:resultedinclientswantingmoreofthetherapybasedactivitiestocontinueontheward, artworktobemorestructured,thatmusicassistedintheirrelaxationandmeditation,andperiodsof silencewereseenasrelaxing. Atotalof12clientsparticipateddependantontheirlevelsoftreatmentandmedicationeffectsatthe time.Itwasacknowledgedthatthosewhowereunabletoactivelyparticipatestillgained therapeuticallybybeingpresent.Ithasnotbeenidentifiedifanyfurtherworkshopswilloccuronthe wardasthiswasapilotedprojectfromCAMHS. 1.4Numberofclientsreferredandnotprovidedwithservice,andreasonsfor nonprovision Itisnecessarytoacknowledgethatalthoughclientsarereferredtotheservice,theycannotbe compelledtoparticipateorengage.Difficultycanoccurwhenfamilymembersseeksupporton behalfoffamilymembersasinvolvementinservicedeliveryisvoluntaryandclientsdoresist engagementiftheyhavenotcomeoftheirownvolition. 3clientswhowerereferredbyfamilyfailedtopresentforsupports.Subsequentfollowupphone callswereunansweredandonerefereesparentmaintainedcontactforadviceonstrategiesto engagetheirson,althoughhefailedtowantsupportsandhadnothadinterventionsclinically (CAMHS)forsomemonths. 3clientsreferredfromalliedservicesdeclinedconsenttoengageandwerereferredbacktothe referee.Reasonsvaryandattimeswerenotidentified.OnerefereehadwantedtocompleteTai ChiChuanwhichpresentlyisnotofferedbytheservice.Twowerereferredwithoutconsentand declinedonthebasisofnotidentifyingwithamentalillness. 1.5 Activitiesthatstrengthenlifeskills,socialintegration TheintroductionoftheDaytoDayLivingintheCommunity(D2DL)programinJanuary2008, fundedundertheauspicesoftheDepartmentofHealth&Aging(DoHA),hasmeantachangeof emphasisforthePathwaystoRecoveryProgram.Pathwaysnolongerplansordevelopssocial groupactivitiesandinsteadrefersandworksincollaborationwiththeD2DLProgramtosupport organisedcommunitysocialactivitiesandthedailyDropInCentrebasedatMHACA.