Doing more for members with mental illness

Defence Health is proud to add MindStep™ to our suite of Health Programs available to members. This program will help us to contribute to improving the lives of members suffering from mental illness.

MindStep™ is the first program of its kind in Australia and has been adapted from the highly successful Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) model in the United Kingdom.

Delivered by Remedy Healthcare; the program targets people with clinical depression or anxiety and aims to support them after discharge from hospital. Using a ‘stepped care’ model, the program complements the care provided by their GP, psychologist or psychiatrist.

Evidence-based telephone coaching is undertaken by trained Health Coaches. The sessions are tailored for the individual and supported with written materials.

Flinders University in South Australia is supporting Remedy Healthcare with training and clinical oversight of every single program participant. And York University in the UK has developed the materials and systems to support the roll-out of this ground-breaking program.

The program is all about long-term recovery and reducing the incidence of re-admission to hospital. The UK’s IAPT model has demonstrated stunning results for patients. Similarly, in a trial conducted out of Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, 58% of people who completed a program met the clinical definition for recovery.

We’re committed to making a positive difference to the health of our members. MindStep™ is the latest addition to our suite of Health Programs to assist invited members with serious health challenges to improve their health, wellness and quality of life.