CMH Seminar: 15th February 2018 – Building the evidence base of Prevention and Recovery Care Services (PARCS) in Victoria

Thursday 15th February 12.30-1.30pm
Seminar Rooms 302/303 – Level 3, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Presenters: A/Prof Lisa Brophy is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Mental Health, Ms Justine Fletcher is a Psychologist, PhD candidate and Prof Carol Harvey – Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne.

This presentation will introduce the PARCS project, an NHMRC funded partnership project that aims to explore the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of Victoria’s adult PARCS. PARCS are sub-acute residential services provided as a partnership between clinical and Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS) across Victoria. All the MHCSS providers in Victoria are partners in this project, alongside a multidisciplinary team of researchers. The project has a number of different components and is using several different data sources and research methods. We will describe the complex demands of undertaking state-wide research in the real world and present findings from our work to undertake a comprehensive mapping of PARC services. The findings from this first stage of the project suggest that, although the service model is well-defined, the implementation of this model varies. It is influenced by factors including variations in practice, client mix and environment. Having a strong understanding about the similarities and differences between the 19 PARCS involved in our study will impact on our understanding of all the other data we are collecting and analysing, including outcomes measures and qualitative interviews.

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