Innovation Fund

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From 2013 to 2015 North Brisbane Partners in Recovery provided funding to collaborations of providers to undertake projects which helped reform the human services system to better support the recovery of people with long-term, severe problems with their mental health and have complex needs.

From July 2016 as PiR transitions into the NDIS it is no longer able to offer Innovation Funding.


2015 – 2016 Innovation Fund

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CLICK HERE to view the ‘Our Stories’ Innovation Fund and Local System Reform Magazine 2016.

  • Dual Diagnosis – Improving access to specialised alcohol and other drug services – this project will increase access to specialised alcohol and other drug services for people with mental illness, by enhancing understanding models of care in the mental health sector and referral information. Lead agency: Queensland Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies Ltd
  • Carers – FIRM Footings – How a family inclusive recovery model can support the wellbeing and social inclusion of people experiencing mental health difficulties, their families and close social networks. This project will trial a family-inclusive recovery model for adults experiencing severe mental health difficulties and their families/carers. Lead agency: Nexxt Health Pty Ltd
  • Physical Health – Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds – This project will design and trial a holistic and replicable approach to addressing the physical health and wellbeing needs of adults with a mental illness. Lead agency: Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association (PCYC Qld)
  • Carers – Food for Thought – Towards Change for Eating Disorders – This project will build the capacity of carers of adults with eating disorders to navigate the service system and improve outcomes for those they care for. Lead agency: Isis – The Eating Issues Centre and Eating Disorder Association

2014 – 2015 Innovation Fund

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CLICK HERE to view the Innovation Fund Magazine 2014 -2015.

Seven projects were funded a total of just over $1million dollars:

  • De-cluttering the Hoarding & Squalor System – researching the prevalence and impacts of hoarding and squalor in north Brisbane and developing referral pathways for support, training for clinicians and community workers and a pilot peer support program ‘Buried in Treasures. Lead organisation: Centacare Brisbane.
  • Creating a Viable Step-up/Step-down Facility – developing service, financial and governance models and taking the first steps to build a community based facility to assist and provide alternatives for people with a mental illness to transition to and from or avoid hospital. Lead organisation: Brisbane Housing Company.

Resources Produced by the Project:

  • ‘Let’s Treat Them Right’ – providing 1-to-1 training and support to 20 medium to large employers sourced through the Chamber of Commerce, to assist them to recruit and retain employees with a mental illness, utilising beyondblue’s new mental illness and employment website ‘Heads Up’. Lead organisation: Help Enterprises.
  • Community Connection Program – pilot project training volunteers with a lived experience of mental illness to provide peer support to inpatients and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital mental health service and continue that support as patients transition back to the community. Lead organisation: Group61.
  • Breaking Down Barriers – training and skills development of Employment Consultants to assist them to better support people with a mental illness into employment. Lead organisation: Advanced Personnel Management.
  • Community Pharmacy Integration – building the capacity of community pharmacists to support people with a mental illness living in the community and raise awareness of the role of community pharmacy among the mental health sector. Lead organisation: The Pharmacy Guild of Australia (Qld).

2013 Innovation Fund

Six projects were funded just over $250,000:

  • Connecting for Capacity – a two day forum for people with mental illness to come together to discuss the development of recovery focused and peer informed services and to prioritise system reform issues and recommendations for improvement. Collaboration led by BrookRED.
  • Homelessness Triage System Design Project – designing and trialling a triage system aimed at ensuring homeless people with a mental illness have direct access to the support and housing they need.  Collaboration led by New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, on behalf of the Under 1 Roof Consortium.
  • Shining a Light on Community Responses to Mental Health Recovery – understanding the role community and neighbourhood centres play in supporting the recovery of people with mental illness and engaging consumers in discussion about what creates quality of life for them. Collaboration led by SANDBAG Community Centres and Services.
  • Diverse Connections – improving access to mental health services and support for people from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background with mental illness residing in the Redcliffe/Caboolture area. Collaboration led by the Multicultural Association of Caboolture Shire.
  • Creating Inclusive Mental Health Services – training and capacity development of mental health organisations to help them provide inclusive services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people with mental illness. Led by the Queensland AIDS Council.
  • Community Collaboration Manual – assisting the navigation of both clinical and psychosocial recovery services in north Brisbane, by clearly articulating processes for partnership working, finding the right service, sharing information and developing patient pathways. Collaboration lead by Connections Inc.