POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM
Positive Mental Health Program Ltd. recognises and pay tribute to traditional owners of the land, both present and past elders. Positive Mental Health Program is there to help all Australian. It is our definitive believe to make meaningful changes to vulnerable individuals’ life. Positive Mental Health Program accept that we live harmoniously and share this land with the traditional owners.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) approved
Positive Mental Health Program is a registered provider of therapeutic supports under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Positive Mental Health Program team members can assist participants who have received NDIS participants approval with a range of therapeutic and psycho-social support. Call the PMHP for more information on 9422 5487 and leave your contact details
The NDIS website at www.ndis.gov.au has extensive information to assist potential participants with the process of registering for services.
Code of conduct
Positive Mental Health Program (PMHP) ensures firm ethical guidelines. All staff members including company directors are to abide by the company’s Code of Conduct.
The philosophy of Positive Mental Health Program is that individuals living with mental illness and seeking psychological support of care, to have an equitable right to access to care, irrespective of the cultural affiliation and severity of the illness.
The key principle of Positive Mental Health Program is that no patient or client will be denied access to Positive Mental Health Program.
Professional Experience of Francis Acquah
Francis Roger Nii Lanteye Acquah In December 2017 I was awarded Doctor of Science (D.Sc) Honoris Causa by the Commonwealth University. Francis is the Clinical Director of Positive Mental Health Program (PMHP) and the President of the Mental Health and Well-being Foundation. Francis has over 30 years experience as a Psychiatric Nurse across public and private health care settings. PMHP provides mental health support, counselling, psychosocial rehabilitation and reintegration into society. Current practice includes working with in the Youth Justice Service and the Forensic System in Melbourne, Australia. He is a Mental Health First Aid instructor and has used his experiences to educate the community about mental health and reduction of stigma. Francis is Community Trainer and was involved in the delivery of “Stepping out of the Shadows”: Reducing Stigma in Multicultural Communities. Francis has presented at National and International Conferences including Australia, UK, Finland, Canada, Singapore, Ghana and Dubai, UAE. Francis is a Multi award winner – Living legend Award 2013 from Celebration of African Australian National Awards 2013; Meritorious Service Award Excellence in Multicultural Affairs 2013; African Media Community Leader Award 2014; Australia Day Award and in 2015, Francis was recognised by his peers and was awarded the AUSTRALIA Mental Health Nurse Achievement Award 2015.
Francis is a Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses awarded by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. Francis is past Assistant Governor in Rotary International District 9790 and two-term President of the Rotary Club of Greensborough and the Inaugural Chairman of the Nelson Mandela Commemorative Committee Melbourne Inc.
My passion is supporting the needs of the Australian-African, migrant and CALD communities in terms of mental health support, guidance and awareness, and I have a proven background of consistently achieving exceptional mental health outcomes as an advocate for minority groups.
Source of Funding
Positive Mental Health Program is private business and registered credentialed mental health nursing program. It is Government funded program through Credentialed Mental Health Nurse program (CHMN). Services are funded through medical card. Some of the Clients pay service through their private health insurance (PMHP, 2016).
Charles is a dedicated and diligent Division one Registered Nurse with extensive practical experience working with health service delivery across public and private medical practice. Charles possess comprehensive knowledge of modern nursing care practices and ward management methodologies. Quick to grasp new ideas and concepts whilst identifying key improvements to work practices and procedures to maximise efficiency without compromising quality of care. Demonstrates in detail when undertaking medical procedures and presentation of key reports for verbal and written presentation. Utilises exceptional interpersonal skills and communicative abilities to build positive and lasting relationships with customers and colleagues. Capable of working effectively on own initiative and proven in achieving set targets, deadlines and objectives. A valuable team player with strong leadership potential who thrives in patient focused working environment.
- Certificate IV-AOD & Mental Health 2018
- Certificate in Leadership - Leadership in Victoria, Melbourne.
- Business Diploma-Southern Cross Institute, Melbourne. Australia- December (2012)
- June (1996) Registered Theatre Nurse Certificate- University Teaching Hospital, Zambia.
- June (1991) Registered Nurse Certificate (Diploma equiv) Mufulira School of Nursing.
Charles aims to provide optimum nursing care to patients and their families by getting involved in various educational forums
I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with extensive experience in Mental health, Family Therapy, and Care and Protection. I am generalist counsellor at Goonawarra Medical Centre, Sunbury and at Positive Mental Health Program, South Morang. I provide Psychological support to clients experiencing a range of mental health issues under the Medicare Health benefit scheme, NDIS, Targeted psychological support services (North West Area Mental Health service)EAP, and private fee-paying clients. A range of therapeutic supports are provided including relaxation strategies, Shema therapy, ACT, CBT techniques, emotional regulation techniques etc. Treatment is tailored to an individual’s needs through a holistic approach.
Keith Bhebhe (Associate)
International Master’s degree in Addiction Studies, Bachelor of Science (Hons) in
Mental Health Nursing
Keith is a mental health nurse manager, drug and alcohol specialist and a Community leader with 14
years of healthcare experience, in Australia and the UK. He holds an international Master’s degree in Addiction Studies, Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing. Current roles include Acting Program Manager Forensicare Serious Offenders Consultative Services – A Government Mental Health Service focusing on management of individuals who have a history of serious violent and sex
offending and/or sexual offending and serious mental illness/disorder (SMI) and complex needs; and part-time Penington Institute Workforce Development Officer. Keith is also the recipient of the Williamson Community Leadership Program 2018. Recent professional projects include: Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention education program in Corrections services; Methamphetamine ‘ICE’ education programs for frontline staff; Scoping study into drug use trends among African Youth in Victoria; Introduction of Trauma-Informed Care in Acute Forensic services; Management of Violence and Aggression in secure services; Educating staff in risk assessment tools in mental health services; Problematic use of prescription medication and Naloxone training to front-line workers in Victoria’s 17 DHHS regions; and Hepatitis C – New treatment, education and research.
These techniques include:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
- Narrative Therapy
- Gestalt Therapy
- Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Schema-focused Therapy
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Contextual Modular Therapy
- Family System Therapy
- Schema Therapy
- Anxiety & Panic
- Bereavement / Grief
- Parenting issues
- Family Relations
- Health issues
- Stress and Anger issues
- Self-esteem and Bullying issues
- Workplace conflict
- Separation and Divorce
- Eating disorders
- Personal Development / Coaching
Rosol Amiree - Practice Manager
Akwele Acquah - Support Coordinator
PMHP have the team of Clinical Director, Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health nurse and AOD Counsellor. The Positive mental health clients received the following form of therapy:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT),
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),
- Mindfulness Solution Focused
- Solution Focused
- Brief Therapy.
- Relapse prevention
- Emotional Regulation
- Depression and anxiety management
- Self-Care and self-esteem
PMHP also provides Recreational and relaxation programs on top of the key therapy programs (PMHP, 2016)
Evaluation of PMHP
This new community mental health service is developing a place in the local community at its own approaches to obtain referrals, assessment and have quality therapeutic alliance with their clients. PMHP is happy to use existing data collection tools, staffs are also aware that diagnosis and clients therapeutic alliance may be improved by adding some formal methodologies to those currently being used. PMHP currently exploring the use of Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) as a methodology that will fill an existing gap in the approach to assessment of the clients (PMHP, 2016).
- To educate the community about the awareness of mental health, to ensure people living with mental health to seek appropriate intervention.
- To ensure people living with mental illness to have access to appropriate services in our community
- To provide appropriate psychosocial support to our clients.
- Ensure our services are culturally and family friendly.
- Ensure evidence-based interventions are used
A few years ago I found myself in a really bad predicament. With panic and anxiety disorders I had created a safe environment for myself-Home. Agoraphobia had set in and along with claustrophobia I fell into a pretty bad depression. Travelling was just out of the question and my life suffered daily and for the foreseeable future.
The biggest problem of all was the lack of access to professional psychiatry help in the northern suburbs and any sort of outreach program. I was very lucky that I somehow fell into the care of Francis Acquah, a psychiatric nurse that took me on board without question. Francis not only made visits to my house but he really went out of his way to make sure I got the care i needed, including helping me back into work and dealing with any matters I just couldn't attend to.
The greatest help I got other than family and friends was Francis. Not a psychiatrist in an office but a man who just helped. Now, I still struggle at times but a lot has changed. Daily life is anxiety free, I have work in the community sector, travelling is better, my quality of life is better. I
have a long way to go personally and although I don't need Francis' help as frequent as I did, he still checks in with me to make sure I am ok. What else can you ask for? This is a man with decades of experience and I would seek out his counsel first.
I was lucky enough to spend 8 months with Francis learning his approach to mental health issues as part of my counselling degree. His dedication to bettering the mental health and mental health awareness is exemplary and I saw first hand how passionate he is about helping the community. Francis has an extraordinary wealth of knowledge and experience in mental health and throughout my time with him we had a huge amount of patients from Diverse backgrounds that had very little knowledge of mental health. I realised the importance of psychoeducation in this context and could see why Francis spent so much time advocating for mental health first aid courses and psychoeducation, particularly in the African and migrant communities. Francis tailors his approach for each individual patient to provide mental health support in the most effective way and his support is invaluable to his patients.