South Australians living with severe and complex borderline personality disorders will be able to access treatment and support from a dedicated specialist service that will have its central base located close to the city.
Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said Mental Health Week was a fitting time to announce that the new Statewide Borderline Personality Disorders Centre of Excellence will be located on Greenhill Road in Unley.
“Earlier this year, the State Government announced $10 million to establish a long overdue specialist borderline personality disorder service for SA,” Minister Wade said.
“Today, I’m pleased to announce that the Centre of Excellence (CoE) will be located close to the city, on the ground floor at 100 Greenhill Road.
“This location is on the tram and bus routes, making it easily accessible to mental health consumers and their family carers.”
Minister Wade said that in South Australia alone, approximately 68,000 people live with BPD.
“The cost of BPD in terms of health, social services and lost productivity is estimated to be more than $300 million a year in SA,” he said.
“It’s hoped that by setting up the CoE, consumers living with severe and complex BPD will be able to access and receive the most appropriate treatment and supports via a dedicated specialist service, ultimately supporting them to lead a life of their choosing.”
Newly appointed Clinical Lead of the Borderline Personality Disorders Centre of Excellence, Dr Martha Kent, said the centre would support the BPD program by providing therapeutic services to consumers and training and support to clinicians across the state.
“The BPD CoE aims to ensure people living with BPD aren’t excluded from mental health services and other supports,” Dr Kent said.
“The CoE will take a holistic approach to engaging with people living with BPD and their families, partners and carers, in a manner that is respectful, inclusive and culturally appropriate.
“BPD is a serious mental illness which needs dedicated support and treatment services, and I am pleased to be part of the new statewide system of care for people living with BPD.”
The Greenhill Road premises have recently undergone a full refurbishment and, following further remodelling, are expected to open in mid-2019.
The CoE aligns with the State Government’s commitment to deliver a more responsive, statewide BPD service for at-risk clients, including new mothers, their babies and young people.