Mildura’s Prevention and Recovery Care centre (PARC) has for a year been helping people from across the region with mental health issues, to stay out of hospital and get back home to everyday life. It has been a year of great achievements at the PARC with 85 people supported through short and long-term admissions. The 10-bed, $4.3 million Mildura PARC was opened by the Victorian government in 2018. 

Mildura Base Hospital (MBH) CEO Julia Morgan said MBH and Ramsay Health lobbied for the facility because of a need for more residential care options for mental health clients. “The goal, always, is to support people to get back home and back into their community,” Ms Morgan said.

“The PARC offers a recovery program that is very individualised and person-focused, so it’s about involving families and planning the recovery process with the client,” she said.

Wellways Australia CEO Elizabeth Crowther said the PARC was providing “specialist services and a recovery pathway” to people who might otherwise go to hospital. “I’d like to thank the Victorian Government for funding this important program,” she said.

The Centre provides state-of-the-art residential care to people experiencing mental health issues and is operated by Wellways Australia in association with Mildura Base Hospital and Ramsay Health. The PARC provides intensive, short-term residential support services for people experiencing mental health issues, with the aim of preventing a possible hospital admission. 

Wellways and Mildura Base Hospital have collaborated across the year to develop services and provide clinical expertise. Wellways provides psychological support and helps participants regain skills, such as daily living, developing routines and reconnecting with their family and community. Wellways operates six PARC services in Victoria. 

Participant testimony

Ms M: “My time at PARC was what I needed. I have taken away so many skills and knowledge that I use in my daily life. It was a wonderful pleasant stay. The staff were always available and willing to help me out, with inquires and (referrals to) services that I needed in the community for my continuing health and wellbeing. Thank you so much everyone.”