Building the evidence base of PARC services in Victoria

This NHMRC Partnership Project aims to explore the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of Victoria’s adult PARC services.

Project details

Victoria’s Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) services are residential services that aim to minimise time in hospital for people with severe mental disorder. This NHMRC Partnership Project aims to explore the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of Victoria’s adult PARC services.

This project has a number of different components and will use several different data sources and research methods.

Initial input is being sought from each Victorian adult PARC service to develop a detailed typology and comprehensive mapping of services. Mental health service data collected by the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services will be used to fully understand PARCs in the context of mental health service provision in Victoria. The final component places a strong emphasis on consumer perspectives by following a large number of consumers over a one-year period starting from their admission to a PARC service. A series of individual interviews, surveys and focus groups will also be conducted with a smaller group of consumers and carers.

Each PARC service will have the opportunity to participate. In March 2017, a meeting with representatives from the management of each PARC service in Victoria will be conducted and fully funded by the project. Recruitment of consumers from each PARC service for individual interviews will be completed by October 2017. We will ask these people if they agree to be followed up for one year from the date of the first interview. Between February and May 2018, we will be recruiting a second group of consumers to participate in an individual interview, survey or focus group.

Research outcomes

Findings from the project will provide important information for service improvement and to help shape future directions for PARC-type services in Australia.


Lead

Prof Jane Pirkis

Researchers

This investigation is being conducted by a team of independent researchers from the University of Melbourne, Monash University, La Trobe University and Deakin University alongside partners from all the current Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS):

  • Break Thru
  • Ermha
  • Life Without Barriers
  • Cohealth
  • Wellways (formerly MIF)
  • Mind Australia
  • Neami National

Funding

  • NHMRC partnership project grant. $747,148, 2016-2020

Location

Level 4, Room 436, 207-221 Bouverie St, Parkville