Individual Psychosocial Rehabilitation Support Service (IPRSS) extended

The Individual Psycho-social
Rehabilitation Support Service, also known as IPRSS is a recovery oriented
rehabilitation and support service for people who experienced mental illness.
Services are provided jointly by government and non-government mental
health providers in a person’s home and local community, and can be accessed in
the metropolitan and country regions. So the IPRSS package benefits the
consumers because it’s very flexible and it can be in their home or within the community. It meets them where their needs are,
so whether that’s daily support, or once a week, or once a fortnight and the aim of the IPRSS package is to
develop goals to support consumers in their recovery There’s a huge range of things that a
support worker can do to support a consumer, and that can include looking for more appropriate accommodation
for the consumer, it can include looking for work or pursuing
educational opportunities. It can be day-to-day living and developing
household management skills, with the cleaning and cooking. It’s about social connectedness and
getting out into the community and engaging with the different programs
that are on offer. When I was first met by
my IPRSS support worker, I was really struggling to make sense of my experience thus far, and this
was over five years or so with the mental health system, and I found that,
what I was met by when I was first met by
an IPRSS worker, was exactly what I needed. And I was quite amazed at how
exactly it was what I needed. I guess I had renewed faith
in the human race. They were so ideally suited and
trained and capable, and I mean, it’s easy to be
empathetic toward somebody but to actually know exactly what kind of advice to give them if you’re helping someone
who’s in a situation, or difficult circumstance the collaborative recovery model is so obviously to me, the product of so much hard work
and genuine effort. I think the major benefits to
the program is to initially instil hope into a consumer
who has lost hope basically as a starting point. and then supporting the person to find and lead the most fulfilling
possible life that they can, and just generally have a
very happy, fulfilling life. The IPRSS worker meets
with the consumer, whenever the consumer has
the need to meet up. But they also meet together with the
consumer and the mental health care worker and perhaps family members, on
at least a three monthly basis, if not sooner if that’s more
appropriate, and when they meet up at those three monthly reviews they have a look at where things
are at, how things are traveling with all the parties concerned, is the consumer working towards
goals that are meaningful to them and how else can we
support the consumer. As far as recommending an IPRSS worker,
or the IPRSS program itself, in my experience, I was absolutely amazed at how capable
they were and how helpful they were. They were really, genuinely very
helpful, and consistently so. They’re very dedicated. The emphasis is definitely on the
fact that they’re the consumer’s goals not goals that we choose, or would
like to see them achieve. They’re their goals, and we will support
them to achieve those goals. Some of my goals, that my
IPRSS worker helped me set were getting back to nature, obtaining some form of meaningful work and continuing with some study that I
had begun and made some progress with. As a mother with a son
who’s got schizophrenia, the IPRSS program has made
a huge difference to my son. For the first time he’s actually
being able to be on his own and start looking after
himself more. It’s given me a lot of
worry free time now. I work twelve hours a day, so I
can’t always be there for him and the fact that I’ve got
people that are ringing him, prompting him for medication, coming around daily to come and visit
him has been a huge relief for all of us. It’s made a lot of difference with the
relationship with my son and myself, because before it was becoming very clinical
where, whenever I was going around it was constantly talking about
what he needs to do and we lost that sort of mother-son
bond for quite a while and I felt it was stressful for myself,
as well as for my son because every time I’d go around, I’d just
seemed like I was nagging, do this, do that, or
you have to do this, and since the IPRSS program as been
in effect with with my son, it’s just given us a freedom to be
mum and son again.

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