About Partners in Recovery

Information about the aims and objectives of Partners in Recovery (PIR) and the people it will benefit.

Page last updated: 28 April 2015

What is PIR
Objectives of PIR
Who benefits
Who is involved

What is PIR

PIR aims to better support people with severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs and their carers and families, by getting 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.

Through system collaboration, PIR promotes collective ownership and encourages innovative solutions to ensure effective and timely access to the services and supports required by people with severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs to sustain optimal health and wellbeing.

Objectives of PIR

The ultimate objective of the initiative is to improve the system response to, and outcomes for, people with severe and persistent mental illness who have complex needs by:
  • facilitating better coordination of clinical and other supports and services to deliver person centred support individually tailored to the person's needs
  • strengthening partnerships and building better links between various clinical and community support organisations responsible for delivering services to the PIR target group
  • improving referral pathways that facilitate access to the range of services and supports needed by the PIR target group and
  • promoting a community based recovery model to underpin all clinical and community support services delivered to people experiencing severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs.Top of page

Who benefits

PIR will focus on 24,000 people who have a severe and persistent mental illness with complex support needs that require a response from multiple agencies. These individuals have persistent symptoms, significant functional impairment and psychosocial disability, and may have become disconnected from social or family support networks. This can lead to extensive reliance on multiple health and community services for assistance to maintain their lives within community based settings and outside of institutional care.

They may have comorbid substance use or physical health issues or both, are likely to experience difficulties maintaining stable accommodation, and experience difficulty in completing basic activities of daily living1. These individuals are reported to often fall through the system gaps and require more intensive support to meet the complexity of their needs.

Who is involved

Forty eight (48) non-government organisations (NGOs) have been engaged to implement PIR in a way that complements existing support and service systems and any existing care coordination efforts already being undertaken.

There are a number of sectors central to the success of this initiative including primary care (health and mental health), state/ territory specialist mental health systems, the mental health and broader NGO sector, alcohol and other drug services, and income support services, as well as education, employment and housing supports.


1 The target group for PIR is intended to reflect the issues and concepts identified in the Position statement by the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF) on Psychosocial Disability Associated with Mental Health Conditions.

PIR Program Guidelines

Page last reviewed: 28 April 2015

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