Wesley Mission Queensland, which currently provides services for the LOTUS program, will also transition across as the service provider.
The Way Back was developed by Beyond Blue and, like the LOTUS program, it is a non-clinical aftercare service. The Way Back delivers personalised psycho-social support to people who have been discharged from Gold Coast University Hospital or Robina Hospital following a suicide attempt or suicidal crisis. The Way Back supports them to stay safe, to keep connected with others and to access health and community services as part of their recovery.
Those who have presented or been discharged from either Robina or Gold Coast University Hospitals are eligible to receive this service. Referrals must be made by Gold Coast Health and Hospital Service (Gold Coast Health) staff.
The Service is co-funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Government and will commence from 1 July 2020.
Transition of Lotus program to The Way Back
The key difference between the LOTUS and The Way Back programs, is the timeframe of support. The LOTUS program provides four weeks, while The Way Back will provide up to three months of ongoing care, which will provide significant ongoing benefits for people being assisted by the program.
What does this mean for the service?
During the transition period, GCPHN and Gold Coast Health will work with Wesley Mission Queensland to ensure that service delivery is transitioned smoothly. This will involve the recruitment of additional staff, the use of additional tools and templates, and a period of co-branding (Lotus/The Way Back) until the official launch/establishment of the service.
What does this mean for people in the service?
The transition will extend the current duration of support from one month to three months and leverage established referral pathways and collaboration agreements between Gold Coast Health and GCPHN to ensure continuity of support for people in the service through the transition period.
For more information about The Way Back Support Service (Gold Coast), please contact Sara Dixon at SaraD@gcphn.com.au.
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