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Capacity Building Projects

PIR has been involved in a number of Capacity Building projects over the years. See below for details and the final reports.

Active & Health Recovery Program
The Active and Healthy Recovery program offers support to individuals with a lived experience of mental illness who would like to be more physically active. For more information on the program go to Gold Coast City Council website.

Peer Information Sessions
Peer led information sessions on mental health aimed at reducing stigma and increasing knowledge. Information sessions targeted at the general public, community organisations, employers, employment services and educational facilities delivered by people with a lived experience of mental illness. For more information contact [email protected].

PIR Navigator ED GCUH Project
The Navigator Project was a short-term, integrated response to feedback received from carers and consumers living in the Gold Coast region, who have experience of mental health concerns. Following the Partners in Recovery (PIR) Carers and Consumers Engagement Report, it was identified that carers and consumers with mental health concerns find it challenging to access, or be linked in with appropriate and available mental health community support services, particularly at the time of hospital discharge. This project highlights how the PIR Navigator role was able to assist in identifying appropriate discharge linkages and planning for individuals and their carers exiting the Emergency Department (ED) at the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service (GCHHS). Read the final report here: Final Report

Transformative Practice Project
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Asexual, Pansexual and other diverse identities (LGBTIQAP+) Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) was established through funding provided by Partners in Recovery (PIR). The Network was tasked with enhancing health outcomes for LGBTIQAP+ service users. The project was delivered by Wesley Mission Brisbane. Read the final report here: Final Report

Employment Forum
On 30 June 2015, 76 people came together to explore how we can better enable people with a lived experience to access and keep jobs, or enter relevant employment pathways. Participants included individuals with a lived experience and representatives from government, employment, health and not-for-profit sectors. Read the final report here: Final Report

Mental Health Peer Workforce Development Plan 2015-2020
Initial conversations with the Gold Coast Consumer & Carer Workforce Group (known as the Peer Workforce Group from 2016), combined with a Literature Review and the recognised opportunities for growth of the workforce, identified the need for a Peer Workforce Development Plan. The Peer Workforce Development Plan identifies effective strategies to support best practice recruitment, retention, support and professional development for peer workers and is intended to be used by senior management as a reference guide for peer worker engagement. Read the final report here: Final Report

MoneyMinded Education Program
MoneyMinded is an adult financial education program developed by ANZ in 2002 and delivered by community organisations across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. Since 2003, MoneyMinded has reached an estimated 355,181 people. MoneyMinded contributes to the improvement of individual financial wellbeing and plays an important role in strengthening financial inclusion in the communities where it is delivered. Read the final report here: Final Report

Other Capacity Building Projects Completed by PIR Gold Coast

City of Gold Coast Libraries – Upbeat Program
The Upbeat program aims to support positive mental health and wellbeing through:

  • A collection of self-help books, ebooks, CDs and DVDs based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Lists of feel good stories known to raise the spirits and boost the mood, and
  • A series of information sessions and workshops aimed at raising awareness, increasing understanding, providing support and offering options.
  • Library membership and participation in activities is free of charge for all City of Gold Coast residents and rate payers.

Although this Project was funded by PIR until June 2015 the libraries will continue the Upbeat program. See the City Libraries events calendar for upcoming sessions.

ROSTI – Recovery Oriented Service Transformation Initiative
ROSTI aims to support the capacity of the health and community services sector on the Gold Coast to provide a recovery orientation within its service transformation processes. ROSTI is designed for community and health service organisations that have a role in supporting people to reclaim a life beyond the impacts of mental illness. It invites those in leadership roles, boards of management, people currently accessing services and the natural supports of people who access services, who want to lead and influence recovery oriented service transformation. This project was funded in 2015.

Positive Principles Therapy
The Positive Principles Therapy © (PPT) aimed to increase the skills of local mental health workers to support currently marginalised and culturally diverse members of community, particularly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. People engaging with culturally responsive services are more likely to experience cultural safety and therefore to continue engagement with services. The program also worked with participants to have improved SEWB in addition to increased self–empowerment and readiness for further engagement with other support services (e.g. rehabilitation) should they be required. This project was funded until June 2015.

Dual Diagnosis Training
The Lives Lived Well dual diagnosis training calendar offers a rolling series of six workshops a year in an education program that is local, free and open to workers from all sectors of the helping services – private and primary, secondary and tertiary care, NGO, youth oriented, mental health, and AOD. It aims to increase worker capability in assessing and treating dual diagnosis (mental health and addiction). The training opportunities allow cross discipline and cross service education as well as increased inter-sectoral partnership – workers get to know other workers, other services, what they do and how to engage them to help with their clients. This project was funded until January 2016.

Enhanced Mental Health Support in General Practice Project
Through consultation with people with a lived experience of mental illness, General Practice and Hospital and Health Service staff, five key objectives with approximately 20 strategies have been developed to enhance mental health support through General Practitioners. Key objectives of the project include:

  1. To increase GPs’ awareness of, and in-turn patients’ access to, mental health services in the Gold Coast Primary Health Network Region;
    To increase GPs’ access to timely specialist advice regarding symptoms of mental illness and medications, to in-turn improve diagnosis and treatment options for patients;
    To improve the transfer of patient information between health services so that GPs have timely access to patients’ medical history;
    To increase the availability of service information for people living with severe and persistent mental illness, so that their service needs can be greater met;
    To increase the availability of education and training in severe and persistent mental illness for GPs; GP Registrars; Practice Nurses and Practice Managers.

Gold Coast PIR Pharmacy Integration Project
The Gold Coast PIR Pharmacy Integration Project aimed to maximise the potential of community pharmacy to provide assistance to consumers with complex mental health needs. It included education to pharmacy staff about mental health support services and Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Intervention Training. This project was funded until January 2016. Click here for a list of Gold Coast Pharmacies with Mental Health First Aid Training.

Housing and Social Connections: Integrating Residents of Social Housing with their Communities
This collaborative project between Horizon Housing, Red Cross and Aftercare to increase the integration between services and across sectors to better respond to the needs of social housing tenants, particularly with mental health issues. This project was funded until March 2016.

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

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