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Partners in Recovery

What is Partners in Recovery?

The Partners in Recovery Initiative (PIR) offers coordinated support and flexible funding for people with severe, persistent mental illness and complex needs. We are promoting a community based recovery model to underpin all clinical and community support services to the people who use them. We are facilitating better coordination of clinic and other supports and services to deliver 'wrap-around' care individually tailored to a person's needs. We are strengthening partnerships between care stakeholders. We are improving referral pathways and facilitating access to a range of supports and services.

Watch this PIR video for more information about how the initiative will work:

PIR Video

Who will PIR help?

Most people who use PIR will be in their mid-twenties and older, and have severe and persistent mental illness. We define this as:

  • Diagnosed severe and persistent mental illness
  • Complex needs that require services from multiple agencies
  • Requires substantial support to engage and access services
  • No existing coordination plans in place or previous arrangements have failed
  • The person is willing to participate in PIR

Who makes up the PIR Consortium?

Marathon Health is the lead agency, working with Lyndon CommunityAftercareWestern NSW Local Health District,NEAMISchizophrenia Fellowship of NSW and The Benevolent Society in partnership with other providers across the region. The Consortium draws on a collective impact framework to enhance outcomes and address the needs of local communities.

What is Collective Impact?

Collective Impact is a framework for facilitating and achieving large scale social change.  In 2011 Kania and Kramer articulated the conditions to facilitate such social change. Locally, the PIR consortium is committed to engaging local communities and stakeholders in developing the key fundamental conditions to facilitate true systems change for people with a severe and persistent mental illness. The prevalence of collective impact is growing in Australia, with Collective Impact Australia providing assistance to our consortium.

The five key conditions of Collective Impact are:

  • All participants have a common agenda for change including a shared understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions.
  • Collecting data and measuring results consistently across all the participants ensures shared measurement for alignment and accountability.
  • A plan of action that outlines and coordinates mutually reinforcing activities for each participant.
  • Open continuous communication is needed across the many players to build trust, assure mutual objectives and create common motivation.
  • A backbone organisation(s) with staff and specific set of skills to serve the entire initiative and coordinate participating organisations and agencies.

More information about Collective Impact can be found at the Collective Impact Australia website.


For additional PIR Resources visit the Mental Health Resources page.

For more information about Partners In Recovery please contact the Marathon Health PIR team.

PIR enquiries:

Megan Callinan
Program Manager
(02) 6826 5200

Rowena McCauley
Team Leader
(02) 6826 5200

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