Bed Substitution In Acute Psychiatric Treatment For Older People

Project Type - Mental health


Client: Department of Human Services - Victoria


The evaluation of the ICT pilots sought to inform the Department of Human Services as to whether the bed substitution model is an effective and efficient treatment and support option for the aged persons mental health service system in Victoria and for aged mental health care clients.

The evaluation methodology required the conduct of a literature review, review of documentation and the development and conduct of staff, carer, client surveys. Engagement with clients also required the preparation and submission of multiple ethics submissions.  Qualitative data was obtained via the conduct of focus groups, case studies and individual interviews.

Qualitative data was used to determine the costs and benefits associated with the pilots.