The Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS) Pregnancy and Parental Service (PPS) is a team which offers:
- long term case management and
- service coordination
to socially limited substance using parents (with a child under the age of three) and pregnant women. The goal is to improve health outcomes for women and reduce the risk to themselves and their children.
The women who most need this assistance may be poorly engaged with services for a number of reasons including poverty, poor access to transport and fear of stigma and judgement (and involvement of child welfare agencies because of this).
Periods of assistance will vary from consultation and brief intervention to long term intensive case management which may continue for years. Services are provided across a number of settings including home visiting, outpatient antenatal clinics, CADS units and hospital settings.
Clinical team leader, addiction specialist doctor, 5 nurse/caseworkers, psychiatrist, psychologist, consumer liaison and peer support worker.
The nurse/caseworker carries out a wide variety of functions including:
- comprehensive assessments
- liaison and consultation with other services
- psycho education
- health screening
- referral to other services.
Coordination of care is an important part of the nurse/caseworker role as due to the complex nature of client cases, it is usual, over time, for multiple services and agencies to be involved.
Treatment goals are identified through individualised assessment. These are very different and focus on what the woman wants to gain. Areas addressed are physical and mental health, child health, parenting and advocacy relating to children, education and childcare. Relationship and addictions treatment are also made available.
Fax Referral Form to (09) 815 5851
Or phone (09) 486 8920 ext 5123 or ext 5119