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The South Eastern Sydney Partners in Recovery Evaluation was completed by UNSW's Social Policy and Research Centre. The final report from the process and outcomes evaluation of the South Eastern Sydney Partners in Recovery (SESPIR) program includes information on the impact and effectiveness of SESPIR from key groups, including consumers, PIR staff, and the broader service system.




The Central and Eastern Sydney PHN were pleased to deliver our Rethinking Mental Health 3.0 Forum on Friday 21 October 2016. We were delighted to have the Commonwealth Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon. Sussan Ley MP deliver the opening address to more than 150 mental health workers, psychologists, GPs, allied health professionals and people with lived experience of mental health. Ms Ley reflected on the importance of addressing mental health at a regional level, and delivering services which meet individual needs across the whole spectrum of care.

National Mental Health Commissioner, Ms Jackie Crowe also spoke about mental health reform, challenges in implementation, and working from policy to practice to people. It was encouraging to hear about the hands-on work of the Commission in developing the report, ‘Contributing lives, thriving communities – Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services’ with audience members giving further feedback during the session. This session also encouraged honest discussion amongst the audience, with people reflecting on the lack of GPs in mental health services in aged care.

During break time attendees had the opportunity to visit information stalls from ACON, Aftercare, ATAPS, Being, the Benevolent Society, Black Dog Institute, Carers NSW, Flourish Australia, headspace, Eastern Sydney Partners in Recovery, South Eastern Sydney Partners in Recovery, Suicide Prevention Australia, WHOS and Central and Eastern Sydney PHN.




Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN) is preparing two regional needs assessments on mental health and suicide prevention, and alcohol and other drug issues, due to the Commonwealth Department of Health on 30 March 2016. The needs assessments are a fundamental part of our work to build a more effective, person-centred primary health care system for people with mental health, suicidal behaviour and alcohol and other drug needs across our region.             

As part of our general baseline needs assessment, we have already conducted a number of meetings and forums across the region to help determine health and service needs. These have been well attended by community members and organisations, health professionals, regional partners and our local health districts, as well as our Foundation Community Council, Foundation Clinical Council and member organisatIons. We also distributed a community survey in February.

The purpose of this survey however, is to gather more information on what you see as the priorities for mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and drug service development in Central and Eastern Sydney.

We want your voice to be heard. We also want you to stay involved as we develop our plans for 2016/2017. Good mental and physical health is fundamental to the prosperity and vitality of our region. It’s everyone’s business and we appreciate your contribution.




Over 100 delegates attended and enjoyed the "Rethinking Mental Health 2.0" Forum at Brighton Le Sands on Fri 23rd October. The focus of the forum was on learning objectives, knowledge and practical skills in mental health, exploring new innovations and best practice through the application of a recovery model to primary healthcare.

Led by our fearless MC Julie McCrossin and keynote speaker Fay Jackson – Deputy Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of NSW.

For a list of this year's wonderful speakers, their topics and downloads to their presentations please CLICK HERE.

"Thank you for an inspiring and enjoyable day."
- Suzanne Gray

"What a great event!"
- Pete Potgieter






On October 7th, SES PIR celebrated its Two Year Anniversary and the launch of our Two Year Anniversary Report which highlighted the milestones and achievements of the SES PIR program and its partners and other stakeholders over the last two years. A copy of the report can be downloaded by clicking on the image above.




A lack of meaningful daytime activity has been identified as the most common unmet need by SES PIR consumers.

In the graph above, the barriers consumers experience in working towards a goal to create a more meaningful life are broken down. 34% of consumers were unaware of the support options available to them. 22% found the cost of supports or activities a barrier and another 22% found that services' lack of resources was a challenge.

The graph below shows the support consumers received to overcome the identified barriers to achieving their goal. 71% of barriers were overcome through referral to a service or support outside of PIR. Another 13% overcame the barrier through engaging in education and upskilling.





SES PIR, in partnership with CAN Mental Health Inc., the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and Aftercare, has developed the South Eastern Sydney Hospital to Home project.

This project was implemented in response to an identified priority area in the South Eastern Sydney region: improving access to community based support services. As well as in response to challenges identified by Support Facilitators and consumers in the SES PIR program when individuals transitioned from the mental health inpatient unit to the community. Consumers identified they experienced this transition as a particularly stressful time and timely access to community based support services including PIR was often lacking.

The project covers mental health inpatient units at St George and Sutherland Hospitals and involves:

  • contracting CAN Mental Health Inc. to deliver the peer facilitated Hospital to Home program
  • co-location of a Support Facilitator from Aftercare within the two inpatient units.

This project is now operational. For more information, please contact the SES H2H team on 02 9114 8150. 





Sutherland Shire Registry Week was held from the 31st of August to the 3rd of September, 2015. 40 staff from local community organisations volunteered to survey the Sutherland Shire region from 4.30am-8.30am and asked people sleeping outdoors to complete the Vulnerability Index (VI) and Service Prioritisation Decision Assistance Tool (SPDAT) known collectively as the VI-SPDAT. The VI-SPDAT is a validated questionnaire that measures the medical vulnerability of homeless people and helps identifies the best type of support and housing intervention for individuals. This was done to prioritise individuals into housing and ensure assertive support is provided to those most in need. South Eastern Sydney Partners in Recovery coordinated Sutherland Shire Registry with partner organisation’s Neami National, St George Community Housing, Sutherland Shire Council, Orana Inc, Welsey Mission and the Mercy Foundation. Staff from Micah Projects in Brisbane and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service also supported the event.

Sutherland Shire Registry Week was the first time data has been collected to estimate the the number of people sleeping rough in the region. During the week 13 VI-SPDATs were completed and another 17 individuals or campsites were identified. 12 of the surveys were completed with people sleeping in a range of locations including the street, in cars and in the Royal National Park. Completed VI-SPDATs indicated that 5 of the 13 people surveyed required affordable housing with wrap around support while the remained required affordable housing with short term or no support. In the months following Registry Week Neami National has been following up with supporting the people surveyed to access accommodation options with 4 people so far having attained long term accommodation. Two of these people have been housed through the Sutherland Street to Home project. Sutherland Street to Home is the regions first Housing First project, coordinated by SES PIR and delivered by St George Community Housing and Neami National. It is expected that another 3 people will be in long term supported accommodation before the end of 2015. Neami National continue to do assertive street outreach and complete VISPDATS with those experiencing primary homelessness in the region.

Read the Sutherland Shire Registry Week Media Release here and the Sutherland Street to Home Media Release here.

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Meet Debbie
PIR Consumer Meet Debbie

"I'm focusing and a lot of things have been put in place for me to look forward to and for me to do. I focus on what I can do and what I can accomplish. My depression has improved a lot."

Meet Gavin
PIR consumer Meet Gavin

"Participating in PIR has changed my life because I am having people take notice of me, and what my needs are. Being able to succeed in what I want to do is important. Since PIR has come along, I am actually succeeding in what I want to do."

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"I have people I can contact and people available to me that I didn’t know existed. I always thought there were only one or two services out there that could help me but Matthew (my Support Facilitator) gave me a whole list."

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Sutherland Shire Community Services Working With PIR

"When working with consumers who are homeless and suffering with mental ill-health it is so important to have a flexible approach in order best meet their needs. We are very appreciative of PIR staff coming to our Tuesday breakfast program each week where they have become very well known to our consumers who are often happy to now self-refer and address problems with PIR before it becomes a huge issue."

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