Successful Grant Award
St Jude’s Disability Services has been successful in securing a grant funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
The aim of the Mainstream Capacity Building (MCB) program is to stimulate and encourage change in the delivery of mainstream services through the development and trialing of new, innovative approaches that are more inclusive, welcoming and available for people with a disability.
Living in the remote South West area of Western Australia presents many challenges for those living with a disability, in particular for individuals with a psychosocial disability.
The project will create and implement a strategic plan which offers practical solutions to access barriers, provide support at all stages of an individual’s transition, forge stronger links between existing local services and support individuals living with disability to access the services available under the NDIS.
With the support of an experienced team of Specialised Transition Support Staff, a ‘map and gap’ exercise will be delivered to identify roadblocks to service accessibility and barriers to successful long-term transition back into the community for people with disability leaving hospital care.
We are accepting referrals from all treating health professionals and service providers operating in the South West of WA. Please download our referral forms below and contact (08) 9279 4343 if you have any queries.
St Jude MCB Referral Form
Through undertaking mapping and gapping research, St Jude’s will work toward overcoming the challenges faced by individuals with a disability and living in remote locations by:
1. Increasing the number of visiting health professionals to regional/remote locations
2. Introducing activities that enhance the hospital to community (home) experience for individuals
3. Addressing delays to safe discharge & promoting coordinated discharge processes
The program will also be developing a transition house, which will provide structured support to equip individuals to gently move back into the community post hospitalisation, in an effort to reduce the risk of readmission.
With person centered planning remaining of utmost priority, the program will research and trial alternate service delivery platforms (such as digital solutions) to overcome the absence of service availability due to location. We will work closely with and leverage the experiences of those who are already working towards increasing inclusion within the community.
Collaborations will take place between the Department of Health, APM, Western Australian Country Health Services, Local Area Coordination providers and other community organisations in the region to effectively implement the program. An Advisory Committee will also be established, comprising representatives from all involved parties, broader community and service users.
This program will be measured by the reduction of the readmission cycle for hospitalised individuals, as well as through the development of a barrier minimisation strategy.
In addition, the program will establish training and resources which can remain in place beyond the scope of the grant period, which provides a long-term, sustainable solution for increasing the quality of care for individuals with a disability, living in the South West Region.