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What is PIR?

Voicebox Project

A series of inspirational and thought provoking videos on personal experiences of living with menatal illness are now available online.

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Helping the Gold Coast Community

The ultimate objective of PIR is to improve the system response to, and outcomes for, people with severe and persistent mental illness who have complex needs by:

  • Facilitating better coordination of clinical and other supports and services to deliver person-centered care tailored to the person’s needs;
  • Strengthening partnerships and building better links between various clinical and community support organisations responsible for delivering services to PIR participants;
  • Improving referral pathways that facilitate access to the range of services and supports needed by the PIR participant; and
  • Promoting a community based recovery model to underpin all clinical and community support services delivered to people experiencing severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs.

Our PIR Facilitators on the Gold Coast assist many participants who identify with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, PTSD and Schizophrenia, and a range of other mental health concerns, through connecting them to the right support at the right time. This can be though supports such as community groups, local GP services, life skill programs and social activities.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will commence on the Gold Coast from 1st July 2018. During the transition phase, PIR Facilitators will ensure service continuity for existing participants by assisting participants to test their eligibility and access for NDIS supports, while still providing PIR services to NDIS participants during the transition phase.

Read more about PIR here or NDIS here

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PIR

Real stories from
the Gold Coast

  • At 28 years of age, Anna was hospitalised under a forensic order, which marked the start of a decade-long journey of repeated drug use, mental health issues and revolving door admissions to hospital. Anna’s story sounds bleak. However, Partners In Recovery has been able to work alongside Anna on her journey of recovery, enabling Anna to restore hope into her life.

    Anna’s Story

  • Kylie knows first-hand the nuances of psychosocial disability, having been in hospital 34 times in the last three and a half years. During this time she has seen this so-called “invisible” disability impact all aspects of her life ­- her confidence, independence, social inclusion, family relationships and everyday tasks.

    Kylie's NDIS Story

  • “When people think of mental illness they picture that homeless man on the beach. They don’t think of me in a nice tailored suit counting roses and playing cupid on your television.” Osher Günsberg, the new SANE Australia Board Member, discusses his journey with mental health and how he’s helping to stop the stigma surrounding it, one podcast at a time.

    Osher: 'It’s been nearly three years since I lost my mind'

  • Ayshe’s story is a heartbreaking journey of addiction, depression, suicidal thoughts, and family breakdown. But it’s also a story of determination for a better life, and an example of how the puzzle of life can finally start to fall into place when supports and programs are found that suit an individual on their unique journey of recovery. Be inspired by Ayshe here.

    Ayshe’s Story

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For other Gold Coast events and activities visit the Gold Coast Primary Health Network’s website: HealthyGC.com.au

PIR is a Federally funded program. Other consortia members include Gold Coast Health and Mental Health Association QLD