P.O Box 24 Brown Hill
Victoria Australia 3350

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Dual Diagnosis Australia (DDA) provides assessment and counselling for mental health, treatment recommendations, and assistance to improve daily living which may be impacted by your disability. We aim to:

  • Provide an individualised holistic health care assessment which will assist you in creating your own health care plan
  • Work with you to helping to identify your goals/support and support to achieve these
  • Monitor your response to prescribed mental health medications and liaise with your GP as appropriate
  • Provide health related education and support whether you require MH, MS, ABI or other complex conditions to live a healthy and satisfying life
  • Network with other providers to assist this holistic care.

I provide both outreach and in-office service.

About DDA and the NDIS
This service delivers a unique style of treatment within the region. By using a strengths-based and solution focused ‘whole of person’ approach we consider all multiple elements affecting the person’s life. We provide a comprehensive, and coordinated approach to meet the needs of all people experiencing disability challenges in a non-discriminatory manner with respect to age, ability, gender, sexual identity, culture religion or spirituality. We support NDIS participants to live the life they want and in ways they choose. We take the time to get to know you and focus on what you want to achieve and we respect your right to privacy and dignity. We are a non-discriminatory practice with respect to age, ability, gender, sexual identity, culture religion or spirituality. Due to my immense experience with my own diagnosis of MS I am able to provide psychological counselling/emotional support as well as helping to develop a greater understanding of this complex illness. So, I am fully aware of the functions of the NDIS and aware of what it is like to have a disability and face discrimination whether direct or indirect.

The four main areas we cover with the NDIS are:

Therapeutic supports

Community mental health nursing (assessment and support)

Behaviour support (pending approval)

Developing life-skills (pending approval)

In order to establish whether what we provide marries up with your plan please feel free to contact me for further information.

Behaviour support

  • Some people with a disability exhibit behaviour that can be of concern to the community and can include those that cause harm to them self or others. This behaviour may cause physical or emotional hardship, or limit the person’s ability to fully engage with their community.
  • Using different techniques, we strive to determine the reason for this particular behaviour (of concern) and provide strategies with the focus on how to support the person in decreasing their reliance the use of this behaviour. We then work to develop strategies that build on a person’s strengths and to develop positive relationships, communication and coping skills.
  • We employ evidenced based strategies that address the challenging behaviour recognising that behaviour is a way of communicating. Positive behaviour support can be helpful when a person is misunderstanding something e.g. a life event, or someone in their life or when going through big changes that they might not fully understand.

·      It is also useful to reduce the impact of mental health concerns such as anxiety or depression.

 

 

 

 

 

Mental Health Nursing Care

The Mental Health Nurse Credential recognises the qualifications, skills, expertise and experience of nurses who are practicing as specialist mental health nurses. A Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) is an advanced practice registered nurse trained to provide a wide range of mental health services to patients and families in a variety of settings.

Nurse practitioner – mental health care is a developing area within the Australian health care system and has grown rapidly over the past few years.
Nurse practitioners are ‘educated and endorsed to function autonomously and collaboratively in advanced and extended clinical roles’, and can be found working in public, private, community and primary health care settings. Clients who see a nurse practitioner can receive additional clinical services associated with the extensions to practice that the nurse practitioner role allows. These can include:

  • advanced mental health assessment
  • clarification and confirmation of diagnosis
  • a wide range of treatment options within the NPs scope of practice
  • referrals to specialists
  • prescribing medications
  • ordering diagnostic investigations
  • issuing sick certificates.

 

Provide a mental health assessment, counselling, treatment suggestions, and assistance to improve daily living that maybe impacted by your disability.

Support co-ordinator·helps to build your independence this may include motivating and empowering you to access and co-ordinate your supports, and provide assistance to help you participate in your community to its full potential.

A Support Coordinator will assist you to:

·      Understand how you can use your NDIS plan to meet your goals

·      Manage resources effectively to get the best outcome from your plan

·      Work with other people in your circle of support (family, friends, service providers, therapists and community and mainstream supports such as doctors) in order to meet the goals of your unique NDIS plan.

·      Teach you how to access the NDIS portal so you can monitor how your funds are being spent

·      Monitor the progress and outcomes of achieving your goals

·      Assist you to prepare for your next NDIS review meeting.

Behaviour support

·      Some people with a disability exhibit behaviour that can be of concern to the community and can include those that cause harm to them self or others. This behaviour may cause physical or emotional hardship, or limit the person’s ability to fully engage with their community.

·      Using different techniques, we strive to determine the reason for this particular behaviour (of concern) and provide strategies with the focus on how to support the person in decreasing their reliance the use of this behaviour. We then work to develop strategies that build on a person’s strengths and to develop positive relationships, communication and coping skills.

·      We employ evidenced based strategies that address the challenging behaviour recognising that behaviour is a way of communicating. Positive behaviour support can be helpful when a person is misunderstanding something e.g. a life event, or someone in their life or when going through big changes that they might not fully understand.

·      It is also useful to reduce the impact of mental health concerns such as anxiety or depression.

 Developing life-skills

Life with a disability has many disadvantages, navigating between issue after issue, but although we have a disability there is much we can do, e.g. I might have a physical disability but my cognition is not impaired. Thankfully I am in a situation where I am able to use my previous training skills to advantage by helping other’s to develop life and coping skills.

Multiple sclerosis

https://www.msaustralia.org.au/what-ms

 

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