Ballarat CASA preparing for increase in referrals
With the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse due to return to Ballarat in February, the Ballarat Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) is expecting a rise in referrals.
Manager of Ballarat CASA, Shireen Gunn, said that it is anticipated that increased media coverage associated with the Royal Commission and sexual assault issues in general would lead to an increase in referrals across all Ballarat CASA programs.
“Whilst the Royal Commission is focusing on Institutional responses to child sexual abuse, we also support many clients who experience other forms of sexual assault with the majority experiencing familial abuse, that is, abuse by family members” Ms Gunn said.
Ballarat CASA provides specialist sexual assault counselling, advocacy and support to all non-offending victim/survivors of sexual assault including family members and friends.
Ballarat CASA is a free service, funded by the Victorian Government, and can be contacted on 5320 393 ...
Acting Chief Executive Officer arrangements
Following the retirement of Ballarat Health Services' Chief Executive Officer Andrew Rowe, the Board has appointed BHS senior executive Andrew Kinnersly as Acting CEO until 30 April 2016.
Mr Kinnersly has been BHS’ Executive Director of Finance, Information and Business Development since 2010. Prior to that he was Executive Director of Finance and Business Development at Peter Mac Cancer Centre.
BHS Board Chair, Andrew Faull, said the Board was keen to ensure BHS continues to deliver on its strategic and operational priorities during the period of transition.
“Andrew has the full support and confidence of the Board in undertaking the role of Acting Chief Executive Officer and we look forward to working closely with him over the coming months.
“Andrew will ensure BHS continues to deliver on its objectives to provide high-quality care for our patients, clients and residents whilst the search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer is undertaken,” Mr Faull said.
BHS Mother And Family Unit commences operation
The new Ballarat Health Services (BHS) Mother And Family Unit (MAFU) has commenced operations.
The five-bed unit, located at the site of the former Pleasant Homes in Pleasant Street, will give new mothers experiencing mental health issues access to high quality mental health care locally.
The unit offers specialised assessment and treatment for women experiencing mental illness before and after birth, while also allowing them to strengthen their relationship with their babies within a family inclusive context.
The model of care offers partners/support persons and siblings the opportunity to also stay at the unit with the mother and baby during treatment.
MAFU Manager, Teresa Darlington, said the recruitment and training of staff has been completed and the first clients were admitted on Monday 30 November.
“We have an exciting time ahead of us, with being one of the first Perinatal IPU services to provide formal Sensory Modulation to help mums and their babies with emot ...
Base Hospital access
To access all wards and clinics, you can enter the hospital via:
The Mair Street car park entrance (adjacent to Radiology) and take the purple lifts or
The Sturt Street entrance, take the blue lift to level one and follow the red line to the purple lifts to wards and clinics
Patient drop off zones are available in the Mair Street carpark and outside the Sturt Street entry.
For access to the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, Pharmacy, Dialysis and Ballarat Consulting Suites, use the Sturt Street entrance.
Entry to the Emergency Department is from Mair Street.
Car parking is available in the Mair Street multi-storey car park
Disabled parking is available on the ground level of the Mair Street carpark and near the Sturt Steet hospital and Mental Health Services entrances
Limited free and metered parking is available in surrounding streets