We offer access to community residences to assist in recovery from mental health issues.
What we do
Alfred Mental Health service has a number of residential community options to assist people in their recovery. These include:
Alma Road Community Care Unit (ARCC)
ARCC provides a medium term residential rehabilitation program for up to 15 people living on site in four shared self-contained units. It has 24 hour on-site clinical support and case management.
Team members include:
- consultant psychiatrist and psychiatric registrar
- occupational therapists
- social worker
- exercise physiologist
- music and art therapists
We can also refer you to an employment consultant, dietitian or other services as appropriate.
Prevention and Recovery Care Unit (PARC)
PARC is a 10 bed unit which is managed and delivered in collaboration with Mental Illness Fellowship and provides a safe home like environment.
PARC provides care and support to people during early stages of relapse (step-up) or immediately post discharge from hospital (step-down).
Clinical support is provided by an Alfred psychiatry-employed psychiatric nurse Monday-Friday during business hours and after hours by our Mobile Support and Treatment Team and Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT), with MI Fellowship providing 24 hour on site support.
Our programs are based on the principles of Recovery Oriented Practice:
- we encourage self-determination and self-management of people’s mental health and wellbeing
- our program involves tailored, personalised, strengths-based care that is responsive to people’s unique strengths, circumstances, needs and preferences
- we support people to define their goals, wishes and aspirations
- we use an approach to working with people that addresses a range of factors that impact on their wellbeing, such as housing, education and employment, and family and social relationships
- we support people’s right to social inclusion, community participation and citizenship
Who we care for
ARCC and PARC care for clients who are currently part of an Alfred mental health service. Clients must:
- be aged between 18-64 years of age
- live in the inner south of Melbourne
- require residential rehabilitation services
PARC also delivers care to clients of Inner South Community Health Service (ISCHS) Mental Health Service.
What to expect
We will work with you to help:
- assist you in self-management of your illness so as to improve your quality of life
- reduce the need for an in-patient admission to hospital
- improve your skills and independence
- assist you in identifying goals and aspirations for the future
- keep in touch with your family, friends and carers
- participate in local community activities so as to promote social inclusion
Commonly asked questions
This is dependent on which program you have been referred to.
PARC is a short term program that provides support, care and treatment –average stay is 2 weeks but can be up to 28 days.
ARCC has an initial 6 week assessment program, to allow you and the team to determine whether or not this is the right place and program for you in your recovery journey. If the decision is made to continue with the program, then how long you stay will depend on your progress and discharge goals. Average stay is between 6- 24 months. We will work with you to decide the right length of time you spend with us. We will also support you in exploring where you will go after ARCC.
PARC referrals are accepted from:
Alfred Psychiatry Case Managers/Treating Teams
ISCHS Mental Health Service Case Managers/Treating Team
All other referrals via Alfred Psychiatry Triage 1300 363 746
For further information please contact PARC Senior clinician on 9832 9300 (M-F Business Hours)
ARCC referrals are accepted from:
- An Alfred Psychiatry case manager or through community intake service (M-F business hours) on 9076 9888
There is no payment required for a stay at PARC.
At ARCC, there is no payment required for the first 6 weeks whilst you participate in the assessment program. If the decision is made to continue at ARCC, all participants are expected to pay rent. More information about this will be provided by staff at ARCC.
No alcohol or other drugs may be consumed on the premises. Persons who are intoxicated may be asked to leave. Alfred Health is a smoke free environment and smoking is not allowed within the Units. If you wish to smoke you must do so outside of the premises.
What to bring
For an overnight (or longer) stay
- Dressing gown and slippers, or comfortable day clothes and shoes
- Personal hygiene items, such as shampoo, shaving cream, shaver, toothpaste and deodorant
- Something to do, like a book, a magazine or an iPad/tablet with headphones
Don’t bring (for an overnight or longer stay)
- Your handbag, wallet, purse or large amounts of cash
- Valuables, such as jewellery or watches
ResourcesAll patient resources
Alfred Health - Carer Services for Mental Health Carers Brochure
Alfred Health - Mental Health Carer and Family Support Groups Brochure
Alfred Health Carer Services
An advisory and support service for carers located in Melbourne's south
Mental Health Australia
The peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector
Mental Health First Aid
First aid information and courses for mental health problems
A national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness
The peak body for families and carers of people in Victoria experiencing mental ill health
For young carers who help care in families where someone has an illness, a disability, a mental health issue or who has an alcohol or other drug problem
Victorian Mental Health Awareness Council
The peak Victorian non-government organisation for people with lived experience of mental health or emotional issues.
Inner South family and friends
Voices Vic is a statewide specialist program led by people with a lived experience, which seeks to improve the lives of people who hear voices.