Working Together for Change

Hunter Partners in Recovery (PIR) is working in partnership across a number of areas to address the systemic issues that impact on the Recovery Process for people living with severe and persistent mental illness and complex needs.

We are seeking to transform the systems that engage mental health consumers, and to improve service access and outcomes in the longer term.

Systems change starts with the person and is influenced by a range of interconnected elements.


Systems change occurs at different levels and is supported by a range of complementary activities.


Analysis of CANSAS needs assessments has revealed the most common unmet needs among our consumers, and highlighted the priority areas for work in systems change.


Information for Carers & Families

Hunter PIR recognises the important role of carers and families in the recovery of a person with a severe and persistent mental illness.  Evidence shows that by involving families and carers, both well-being and outcomes for both the person and carers are improved. PIR support facilitators will, where appropriate, engage with carers and families as early as possible in the development and implementation of support plans and Recovery goals.   Support facilitators are also able to connect families and carers to information and services that will assist them in the recovery process.

We facilitate partnerships between service providers and carers based on respect and recognition of carers’ perspectives and needs for information, education, skill development and support. Hunter PIR has a Consumer & Carer Advisory Group (CCAG) to represent the views and interests of our families and carers, and to provide advice that will improve the operation and effectiveness of our service.  For more information about the CCAG you can call us on 1300 656 608 or email

Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

A&TSI flagsHunter PIR recognises the significant mental health needs of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.  We have adopted culturally appropriate practices that are sensitive to the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and are partnering with existing providers of Aboriginal health and community services to offer support for individuals and communities.

Our Areas of Focus

Current areas of focus for the 2016-17 financial year include:

  • Increasing access to affordable and supported housing options.
  • Enhancing pathways to employment.
  • Ensuring proactive management of physical and mental health conditions.
  • Improving access to family relationships counselling and support.