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Kelly Vincent speaks to Peter Greco about Borderline Personality Disorder funding and trip to Northern Adelaide

Peter Greco | Vision Australia Radio

Peter Greco: Well Kelly Vincent is on the line, Kelly Vincent is a Member in the legislative council for the Dignity Party. Kelly welcome to you.

Kelly Vincent: Thanks Peter, good to be with you.

Peter Greco: Now the state as of early this morning is in caretaker mode, you spoke to some carers yesterday?

Kelly Vincent: I did I had the privilege of visiting the northern suburbs yesterday and one of the things that I did was speak to a group at the northern carers network which is a fantastic peer organisation supporting family carers of people with disabilities, so I gave a bit of a presentation about what the Dignity Party has achieved over the past 8 years, and what we’re hoping to do if we’re fortunate enough to be re-elected come March 17th. But I also used up a lot of the time listening to them and some of their NDIS concerns as I’m sure you and your listeners are very aware the NDIS is presenting a lot of challenges particularly in some of the suburbs that are a bit more disadvantaged in terms of economic opportunities but also where there are fewer services on the ground. So it was great to take some time and hear some systemic issues but also some individual cases to follow up on as well. I also had the opportunity to visit a mental health service out in the northern suburbs particularly about the borderline personality disorder centre that the Dignity Party has secured funding for. They had some fantastic proposals for potential models for that because I think it’s really important that we have a hub and spoke model if you like, so that people do have somewhere to go, if they do have chronic condition and need extreme treatment and also that we maximise that community outreach in peer work and home care as well.  So I’m really looking forward to moving forward with those models, obviously it will have to go to tender in terms of which service ends up getting the contract but I think the more options we have on the table and the more time we give people within the borderline personality disorder community to consider those options and give feedback the better outcome we can get at the end. So it was a fantastic day, got lots done, and I’m looking forward to keeping you updated about it.

Peter Greco: Now we’ve spoken to some people, in fact Bob and Judy who were very much involved in the borderline personality disorder movement, it’s a very emotional and very powerful story that they tell.

Kelly Vincent: It is a very powerful story, they are family carers to their lovely daughter who has a BPD diagnosis and some other struggles as well and their story is one that is very harrowing, but unfortunately not uncommon. We do know that at the moment because there is no proper treatment, as many as 10% of people with a borderline personality disorder diagnosis will die by suicide and even those who don’t die by suicide still often undergo years of very severe and chronic self-harm. But the good news is with the proper treatment, Dialectical behaviour therapy or DBT we are seeing fantastic results and with this centre that the Dignity Party has secured funding for I think we can save money by giving people somewhere else to go other than presenting to the emergency department, when they’re feeling unwell and facing a crisis because they’ve had nowhere else to go up until this funding was secured and we can also save lives and so I’m very excited about this project and seeing it come to fruition.

Peter Greco: And that’s one of the things you’ve been really strong about isn’t it, things that can be put in place to prevent or minimise he chance of people spending time in hospital, spending longer times in hospital, I mean that was one of your campaigns early on the fact that people were spending a lot of time in hospital when they didn’t need to be.

Kelly Vincent: Absolutely, and it can cost up to $1500 per person, per day to stay in hospital, so not only is it a social win to get people out of hospital where they can actually feel better because they’re getting back to normal life and connections with family and friends and work and the things that give their lives meaning, but it also saves us a lot of money in the long run so we all stand to benefit when it comes to providing preventative health care and that’s why the Dignity Party has also been very pleased to secure funding to reinstate the intensive home based support service which provides in home support to people facing a mental health crisis, with the view to either prevent them from going into hospital in the first place or at least shorten their stay and it’s been proven that the intensive home based support service to shorten mental health related hospital stay by 10 days on average, so great savings to be made there both economically and socially as well.

Peter Greco: Kelly thanks for speaking to us actually next week we’ll get you on and talk a little bit more about the vote assist set up which is being rolled out for this particular state election. We’ll chat to one of your candidates in a little while but we’ll chat to you next week if we may.

Kelly Vincent: Thanks Peter, I’d love that.

Peter Greco: That’s Kelly Vincent there who’s the member for the Dignity Party in the Legislative Council talking about meeting with carers yesterday and also the borderline personality disorder funding and also some of the people she met yesterday that are involved with that particular movement. We will in a second meet one of the candidates for the seat of Chaffey in the Riverland area.