PIR Funding Begins To Roll Out In Gippsland

Following an extensive expression of interest process, Gippsland Medicare Local (GML) will announce today the first of three organisations that will deliver the ‘Partners In Recovery’ (PIR) initiative across Gippsland.

 As the nominated lead agency for the PIR initiative, GML was provided with funding of over $7 million by the Federal Government earlier this year to boost support for people with severe and persistent mental illness.

GML Chair, Dr Nola Maxfield, said the 2013/14 year will see GML engage organisations to “resource and deliver the PIR initiative in Gippsland”.

“In conjunction with the Federal Government and the Member for McMillan, Hon Russell Broadbent MP, GML is pleased to announce the first funding allocation of $300,000 to the Mental Illness Fellowship,” Dr Maxfield said.

The Mental Illness Fellowship has three sites in Gippsland serving the Yarram, Wonthaggi and Warragul communities.

Dr Maxfield said GML was one of 49 Medicare Locals around Australia to be awarded Stage 1 funding under the Partners in Recovery Initiative.

‘Partners in Recovery’ aims to better support people with severe and persistent mental illness, with complex needs and to provide support for their carers and families too,” Dr Maxfield said.

“This is achieved by getting the multiple sectors, services and support structures they may come into contact with, to work in a more collaborative, coordinated and integrated way.”

The Gippsland PIR initiative is targeted at people who have severe and persistent mental illness in the Gippsland region over the next three years.

Dr Maxfield said the funding will resource the appointment of Support Facilitators to be located across the Gippsland region to ensure the broader Gippsland community benefits from having this very important mental health initiative in place.

“This is a very clear example of what Gippsland Medicare Local is doing to achieve a measurably healthier Gippsland,” Dr Maxfield said.

“We are connecting, integrating and supporting Gippsland’s health care providers to deliver more targeted health care in the right locations all across our Gippsland region.”