Joondalup Community Mental Health
Neami Joondalup is a short-term support service for people with a mental illness, to prevent hospital admission or support early discharge from hospital. We also assist people to transition back into the community after inpatient care.
The service is not a replacement for acute inpatient care but an option that can prevent the need for hospitalisation, when people are aware they are becoming unwell.
We are a 22 bed facility offering 24-hour support and a range of individual and group rehabilitation and recovery programs. Clinical supports are available as required.
Neami Joondalup is available to anyone living in Western Australia with a mental illness diagnosis.
Features of our service include:
- Tennis court and bicycles
- Recreation room for yoga, crafts and games
- Communal and quiet shared spaces
- Outdoor BBQ area
- Communal kitchen
- Private laundry facilities
- Ensuite bathrooms
The service is managed by a multi-disciplinary team of rehabilitation and peer support workers. Nursing staff are on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The average stay is 2-4 weeks. Each individual is assessed and monitored during that time.
Neami works with you to reduce distress from mental illness and to avoid admission or re-admission to acute inpatient hospital care.
We work with you in the following areas:
- Assessing your immediate and long-term needs
- Monitoring your safety and wellbeing
- Development of a relapse prevention plan
- Liaison with clinical services, carers and the community
- Referrals to community supports upon leaving
- Development of exit plans and facilitating family involvement where appropriate
Group work - Optimal Health Program
The main group program we provide is the Optimal Health Program, which focuses on the areas of:
- Symptom recognition
- Monitoring early warning signs
- Developing an action plan to support
- Daily coping skills
- Managing symptoms and medication
- Relapse prevention planning
- Understanding of stress, vulnerability and coping
- Maintaining wellness and overall health
The Optimal Health Program begins in a group setting but recognises that recovery is an individual process.
Staff assist individuals to meet their personal goals.
To be eligible for Neami Joondalup you must be:
- Aged 16-64 and eligible for mental health services
- Able to engage co-operatively in a group setting and willing to participate in the Optimal Health Program
- Not using illicit substances/drugs or alcohol during their time with the service
- Have stable and onging accommodation
- Exhibiting early warning signs of acute mental illness and requiring increased support and treatment to prevent hospital admission
- Requiring additional support following an acute inpatient admission to support a transition back into the community and avoid re-admission
Referrals can be made directly to Neami Joondalup by the consumers treating clinician or GP as well as community mental health services, with the consent of the individual.