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Greater support for RACF residents: Mental health funding delivered

February 28, 2019

Older Australians living in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region will have greater access to mental health services to enhance their quality of life through a PHN-funded program.

Richmond Fellowship Queensland (RFQ) have received funding for a six-month trial period to deliver in-reach mental health care to RACF residents in Toowoomba and Ipswich.

This funding will allow RFQ to provide a number of services within a person-centred approach, delivering support based on the individual needs of each resident. Eligible residents are those with a diagnosed mental illness or those who are assessed as being at risk of mental illness. This may include:

· low intensity support

· low intensity group programs

· targeted psychological therapies

As a part of the program, the PHN in partnership with RFQ, will host a series of stakeholder consultations to further clarify and identify evidence-based mental health therapy styles for older people living in RACFs in the region.

The first stakeholder consultations will be held in Ipswich on Thursday, 11 April 2019 and Goondiwindi on Monday, 15 April 2019.
The PHN is seeking input from general practice staff, allied health professionals, mental health service providers, RACF staff and consumers and carers and is seeking representation at these two events from people from the Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Goondiwindi and Southern Downs local government areas. More information can be founds at the links below:

11 April 2019 Ipswich Stakeholder Consultation

15 April 2019 Goondiwindi Stakeholder Consultation

For more information, please contact Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN Program Office Naomi Petty via naomi.petty@ddwmphn.com.au or phone 07 4615 0965.

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