The Brain Disorders Programme of Victoria is a statewide service for persons aged 16-64 who suffer a combination of Brain Impairment and Psychiatric or behavioural problems.
It consists of the following components:
The programme began its existence in 1997, after the closure of the North Eastern Metropolitan Psychiatric Service (NEMPS), and has expanded since then to meet the changing needs of its complex client group and service system.
The programme runs on a rather unique model, with the inpatient and transitional units focusing on slow-stream rehabilitation, and the community and outpatient teams focusing on strengthening both the individual and their system via secondary consultation, education and, where appropriate, time-limited co-case management with appropriate agencies.
Thus, the scope of the programme is broad, more inclusive than exclusive, while still functioning within a range of statutory and national health standards (mainly mental health, disability and aged care standards).