Guest Post: David Meldrum

We welcome David Meldrum CEO Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (MIFA) who has kindly agreed to say a few words about Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMS)

Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMS)was a result of the 2006 COAG Mental Health funding decision. During 2009 and early in 2010 it has been very extensively evaluated. The results are a knock-out. Just a few:  

·         Participants are re-connecting with education, with sport, with their families, with mental health clinicians

·         People in the program are spending less time in hospital

·         Participants, carers, clinicians and service providers all rate the program highly

This program is flexibly designed so that it can assist participants in whatever aspect of their daily life that is limiting their opportunities—a truly person-centred and holistic approach.

So far the program has reached more than 10,000 people, 94% of whom have a serious mental illness. Well designed, well targeted, well delivered, well evaluated—PHaMS is an outstanding example of what advocates of better community mental health services have been on about for the last thirty years.  

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