Partners in Recovery

$550 M program is designed to provide better coordinated pathways to recovery for people experiencing severe and persistent mental illness.

Partners in Recovery


Partners in Recovery will better support people experiencing severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs by getting the multiple sectors, services and supports they may come into contact with (and could benefit from) to work in a more collaborative, coordinated, and integrated way.



Around one in three Australians experience mental illness at some stage in their life.  Mental illness accounts for 13 per cent of the total burden of disease in Australia, and is the largest single cause of disability, comprising 24 per cent of the burden of non-fatal disease. Around 600,000 Australians experience severe mental illness and some 60,000 have enduring and disabling symptoms with complex, multi-agency support needs.



Resource development project – Partners in Recovery

Siggins Miller Consultants has been engaged to deliver the resource development project for the Partners in Recovery (PIR) initiative. This involves the collation of existing, and development of new, resources/ tools to assist with the implementation of the PIR initiative.

In addition to the identification of existing resources/ tools, Siggins Miller Consultants will modify, refine and develop new PIR-specific resources/ tools tailored to address PIR requirements, including:

  • PIR operational guidelines
  • A PIR referral tool and instructional guide
  • A PIR action plan and template
  • An information booklet
  • Examples of needs assessment frameworks/ tools
  • Examples of partnership building and governance tools

The project will also involve the delivery of training for PIR organisations and other relevant stakeholders as identified, to assist with the use of the suite of PIR resources/ tools.


Evaluation and monitoring project – Partners in Recovery

Urbis Pty Ltd has been engaged to undertake the evaluation and monitoring project for the Partners in Recovery (PIR) initiative.

The overall aim of the project is to determine the extent to which PIR has improved the coordination and integration of services and whether this has had an impact on the outcomes for the PIR target population of people with severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs.

In undertaking the project, Urbis will:

  • develop and implement a PIR evaluation framework
  • develop a PIR minimum dataset (PIR MDS) to be collected by PIR organisations
  • recommend a PIR reporting framework to support all monitoring requirements and inform the evaluation


Expert Assistance

Bulletpoint have assisted a number of Medicare Locals with their grant applications.

We are now engaged to assist a Medicare Local with the roll out of the PIR program

Call us on (03) 9005 6789 or email to discuss how we can assist your Medicare Local with the PIR roll out.


Medicare Local regions to be funded under Stage 1

State/TerritoryMedicare Local Region
ACTAustralian Capital Territory
New South WalesCentral Coast NSW
New South WalesSydney North Shore and Beaches
New South WalesEastern Sydney
New South WalesIllawarra – Shoalhaven
New South WalesNorth Coast NSW
New South WalesMurrumbidgee
New South WalesInner West Sydney
New South WalesNorthern Sydney
New South WalesSouth Western Sydney
New South WalesSouth Eastern Sydney
New South WalesSouthern NSW
New South WalesWestern NSW
New South WalesWestern Sydney
New South WalesNepean – Blue Mountains
New South WalesNew England
New South WalesHunter
Northern TerritoryNorthern Territory
QueenslandCentral and North West Queensland
QueenslandWest Moreton – Oxley
QueenslandFar North Queensland
QueenslandCentral Queensland
QueenslandGreater Metro South Brisbane
QueenslandDarling Downs – South West Queensland
QueenslandMetro North Brisbane
QueenslandSunshine Coast
QueenslandWide Bay
QueenslandGold Coast
South AustraliaCentral Adelaide and Hills
South AustraliaCountry North SA
South AustraliaNorthern Adelaide
South AustraliaSouthern Adelaide – Fleurieu – Kangaroo Island
VictoriaLoddon – Mallee – Murray
VictoriaLower Murray
VictoriaNorthern Melbourne
VictoriaSouth Eastern Melbourne
VictoriaEastern Melbourne
VictoriaFrankston – Mornington Peninsula
VictoriaInner East Melbourne
Western AustraliaFremantle
Western AustraliaGoldfields – Midwest
Western AustraliaPerth Central and East Metro
Western AustraliaPerth North Metro
Western AustraliaBentley – Armadale
Western AustraliaSouth West WA


Media Release

Australians with severe and persistent mental illness will benefit from $472.7 million provided to organisations in 48 Medicare Local regions for coordinated and flexibly funded support.

Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler said people living with long-term psychosis are 10 times more likely to be homeless, 50 per cent less likely to have completed school, overwhelmingly likely to be living on income support, and have a life expectancy that lags the national average by up to 30 years.

“For the first time, there will be strong links across different sectors, services and supports in each region under the Partners in Recovery (PIR) initiative, to better meet the needs of these vulnerable people,” Mr Butler said.

The PIR initiative is a key plank of the Labor Government’s $2.2 billion mental health reform package targeted at 24,000 of Australia’s most vulnerable people.

“Partnerships generally ranging from six to 14 with some as large as 22 members will collaborate on complex issues connected to mental health such as drugs and alcohol, housing, homelessness, employment, education, emergency services, and hospital emergency departments.

“During a three-month establishment period, lead agencies will work with partners in each region to build local organisational and workforce capacity and networking expertise.”

“The success of PIR will be underpinned by the partnerships that are being developed and strengthened between services and supports across different sectors. Partnerships will form the critical backbone of this initiative”.

To support the implementation of PIR, the inaugural national workshop for PIR organisations will be held in Melbourne on 27 and 28 June 2013, to commence discussions around important implementation issues.

The Department of Health and Ageing is working with applicants in the remaining Medicare Local regions to be progressed in Stage 2 in 2013-14 financial year.


Capacity Building Project Update – Flinders University

In October/November will we be holding the first round of one day state meetings.  As with the national workshop, the PIR Capacity Building project will cover travel costs for 2 attendees from each PIR Organisation but there will be the opportunity to bring additional attendees at your own cost.  Further details about the date and venue will be provided at a later date.

We are beginning to think about what should be discussed and who we should invite to the meetings but believe that the best people to make this decision are the people within the PIR Organisations.  So, can you please let us know what state based issues you have identified, or you anticipate will impact on your ability to conduct the PIR initiative.  If we find that too many issues are identified within one state we may ask people to rank the importance of the identified issues to determine which topics will be discussed at the meeting and which ones will be discussed through the web portal and subsequent teleconferences.

I look forward to your thoughts and if you have any comments or concerns please don’t hesitate to give me a ring.

Kind regards

PIR Capacity Building Project
Faculty of Health Sciences
Flinders University
P:  +61 8 722 18517
F:  + 61 8 722 18544 / 0439 155 729
Office:  Flinders University
Health Sciences Building, Level 3 Room 3.08
North Ridge Precinct, Registry Road, Bedford Park SA 5042
Post:     GPO Box 2100 Adelaide SA 5001

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