The 2016-17 Victorian State Budget will enable the delivery of the Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness (FaPMI) program to be expanded across the state via Victoria’s adult mental health services.
Find out more about current FaPMI-related activities happening in your region. Contact your local FaPMI coordinator or Rose Cuff.
The FaPMI program was launched as a service development strategy in 2007 by the Department of Health, Mental Health Branch, following increased recognition of the impact of mental illness on parents and other family members, particularly dependent children. Whilst the program has undergone changes since then, the aim remains the same - to reduce the impact of parental mental illness on all family members through timely, coordinated, preventative and supportive action within adult mental health services. Read more about the program in the guidelines developed by the Mental Health Branch, Health Service Performance and Programs Division.
Specialist public mental health services and networked partner services are expected to put in place structures and processes that support the implementation of the FaPMI program. Activities undertaken in service of the key objectives of the program vary by Victorian Health and Human Service catchment area.
Coordination and advisory structures in place to assist with the implementation of the strategy include:
FaPMI coordinators champion and organise activities within the catchment area of their employing service. They work closely with mental health services and network partners1 to develop a service provision that best reflects the needs of the region. Whilst they do not provide direct clinical care, as part of their role FaPMI coordinators offer:
They also support specific peer programs such as:
1 Network partners of specialist mental health services include, for example, local community agencies, maternity services, primary care and community health services, universal and targeted early years services, child and family support services, school nurses and student wellbeing and support staff, youth services, forensic, emergency services, housing and drug and alcohol services.
Find out more about upcoming FaPMI events in your area here.
If you have missed an event, it is not too late to access some useful information and resources our events page.
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The Bouverie Centre presented a webinar describing the centre’s work exploring the intersection between Family Violence and Mental Health.find out more