On Monday 13 November in 2017, Forensicare’s Ballerrt Yeram-boo-ee forensic mental health service at the Ravenhall Correctional Centre welcomed its first two patients. Now, two years on, we take the time to celebrate the achievements of our incredible team. But what is Ballerrt Yeram-boo-ee? Meaning “strong tomorrow” in the language of the local Wurundjeri people, Ballerrt Yeram-boo-ee is a 75-bed forensic mental health service, helping male prisoners with a mental illness at the Ravenhall Correctional Centre. The service provides both inpatient and outpatient [...]
In celebration of Psychology Week 2019, we delve into what forensic psychology is, who benefits from it, and why it matters. Forensic psychology is often a misunderstood area of forensic mental health. Contrary to mainstream portrayal, it’s not about getting inside people’s minds; the reality is far more simple. It’s about using psychology to support people with mental health issues who are in the criminal justice system, or at risk of entering it. “The role of a forensic psychologist is really [...]
Occupational therapy is all about helping people be the best version of themselves—and forensic occupational therapy is no different. What is forensic occupational therapy? Forensic occupational therapy helps people living with a mental illness do the things they need to in order to live healthier, more enriching, more satisfying lives. “I believe everyone deserves to do the things they need to do to feel like themselves,” Forensicare Chief Occupational Therapist Marissa Davidson-Blue said. “In forensic mental health, we’re often working with people who haven’t had a very good [...]
Tabled yesterday in Victorian Parliament, our 2018-2019 Annual Report is now available. Providing an overview of our achievements over the last 12 months, our 2018-2019 Annual Report highlights major service expansions to meet the increased demand for forensic mental health services in Victoria. These include: The opening of the Apsley Unit in Thomas Embling HospitalRefurbishment of the Marrmak Unit at the Dame Phyllis Frost CentreRefurbishment of the Acute Assessment Unit at Metropolitan Assessment Prison We’d like to thank our staff, carers and [...]
Earlier this week, Forensicare was announced as the winner of Hepatitis Victoria’s 2019 Organisational Collaboration award. The award recognises health organisations that make a significant impact to reducing the prevalence of hepatitis in Victoria, while maximising the well-being of those living with viral hepatitis. The award also recognises collaboration with Hepatitis Victoria. Forensicare’s Infection Prevention and Control team secured the award for its efforts in minimising the risk and reducing the harm of hepatitis at Thomas Embling Hospital. “This is a fantastic, [...]
We couldn’t do what we do without carers. Carers and families play a vital role in mental health recovery. In fact, mental illness is one of the leading causes of disability in Australia. The carers and families of consumers have an enormous impact on the live and functionality of their loved one, providing over 106 million hours of often unpaid mental health support, care and assistance per year in Australia alone. It would cost a whopping $13.2 billion to replace [...]
St Paul’s Unit at Port Phillip Prison is celebrating its second anniversary! A mental health rehabilitation unit, Forensicare’s St Paul’s Unit helps consumers work through their mental health recovery journey by providing support and holistic health programs. “It’s about empowering consumers with knowledge of what keeps them well, and their struggles of what makes them unwell,” St Paul’s Nurse Unit Manager Michelle Brame said. “They learn skills each day, and build resilience, as well as receiving psychological support.” “We equip them with that [...]
Forensicare would like to welcome our new Chief Executive Officer. After a four-month interim period, Dr Margaret Grigg has officially been appointed as Forensicare’s Chief Executive Officer. Margaret was originally appointed as the organisation’s interim CEO, following the departure of former CEO Tom Dalton earlier this year. “I am really excited to be working with Forensicare,” she said. “The organisation has such a history, and it’s great to be working somewhere that has such a deep set of values and commitment to consumer [...]
Forensicare’s Dr Tessa Maguire analyses the DASA instrument’s effectiveness for nursing risk assessment and aggression prevention.
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