Departments

"Step 2" Transitional Unit

Step 2 is a three bed transitional living unit which is committed to working with persons between the ages of 16 and 64 with the dual disability of cognitive impairment and psychiatric or behavioural problems. It provides a unique home like environment aimed at optimizing each persons potential for independent living through case management, assessment, training, supervision and facilitation of independent living skills.

The program is designed to work on an individual basis with each resident in addressing their specific needs. Staff collaborate with residents in improving their activities of daily living such as attending to hygiene, household chores, meal preparation, budgeting, shopping and use of public transport. Staff also aim to work with residents in improving socialisation, communication skills and other personal strengths, and generally fostering a sense of hope and promotion of autonomy and independence.

Step 2 is staffed 24 hours a day by nursing staff who are experienced in working with persons who suffer from cognitive impairment and psychiatric disability.

The program is supported by:

  • specialist ABI GP consultant
  • psychiatric registrar
  • consultant psychiatrist
  • social worker
  • neuropsychologist

Where applicable, and in collaboration with the resident, staff assist in stengthening links with the resident's family and other formal and informal support networks.

Length of stay is determined on an individual basis and assessed by the achievement of goals set by the resident and Step 2 team. An average length of stay is approximately 3 to 6 months.

All enquiries and individual patient referrals should go via the BDP Community Team:

Tel: (03) 9490 7366

Fax: (03) 9490 7358