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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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PIR will be transitioning to NDIS

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.

Previously PIR has focused on care coordination needs, based on the PIR eligibility. This lead PIR to look at what linkages were appropriate for each participant for community and clinical supports, while identifying gaps and barriers and providing overall care coordination of supports.

With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to the Gold Coast from 1st July 2018, PIR’s focus has shifted to provide support for people with severe and persistent mental illness who wish to apply for the NDIS. This will be done through providing support in gathering clinical evidence that identifies the functional impacts relating to a psychosocial disability.
PIR participant’s will therefore now be:

  • PIR eligible, NDIS eligible and require a level of care coordination
  • NDIS eligible and PIR eligible but don’t require care coordination at this stage

If a person is not requiring care coordination at this point in time but still meets the eligibility of PIR and NDIS, PIR can support them through the NDIS evidence gathering process and potentially provide care coordination once the NDIS planning phase starts.

Read more about PIR here or NDIS here

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Real stories from
the Gold Coast

  • Nikki Webber Allen is a well-educated, highly accomplished, Emmy Award-winning Black American woman who was diagnosed with generalised anxiety and depression. When she finally accepted her diagnosis, she still refused to tell anyone about it. Nikki was too ashamed, feeling that with her privileged life, loving family and successful career, she didn’t have the right to be depressed. A family tragedy brought Nikki’s world crashing down, but proved to be the catalyst for her to find her voice to speak out against stigma.

    Ted Talks - Don't suffer from your depression in Silence

  • Hannah likes hanging out, going to the movies, and playing Cards Against Humanity. Hannah also has schizophrenia, and admits when she was diagnosed, she didn’t know much about it except for the negative stereotypes. With SANE, Hannah is working to raise awareness of this misunderstood illness and stop the stigma and harmful labelling which surrounds it.

    Meet Hannah

  • When Kristy was experiencing anxiety, depression and PTSD, and her life was being turned upside-down, a Samsung tablet was the catalyst in her recovery journey. The device, along with the encouragement of PIR staff, enabled Kristy to reignite her creative self, discover ways to slow her “super anxious fast overthinking brain” and find her voice again.

    MY Story

  • 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

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