Making a Difference

Hunter Partners in Recovery is making a positive difference in the lives of our consumers, their carers and families. These are their stories of Recovery!

Help with Hoarding & Squalor

Hunter PIR partner, Aftercare, is heading a working group of key stakeholders trying to tackle the problems of hoarding and squalor that affect many people living with a mental illness in the Hunter community. Compulsive hoarding can pose significant health and safety risks to individuals such as tripping hazards, an increased risk of fire and poor hygiene.  Hoarding and squalor are frequently the result of complex contributing factors, and require a multi-agency approach to resolve.

The Working Group will coordinate a range of activities and services targeting consumers in the Maitland, Cessnock and Dungog areas.  These will include facilitating access to specialist clinician support and group therapy; providing education and training for mental health and community support workers; and the presentation of a community forum to provide practical information and raise awareness of hoarding and squalor behaviours among community managed organisations.

STOP PRESS: See the NBN News story about the Hoarding & Squalor Working Group on Wednesday 17 June featuring the personal story of an Aftercare  peer support worker.  

PIR and the NDIS – Building a Stronger Partnership


Image of CoverThe Hunter Region is unique in that it hosts both a trial site for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and a Partners in Recovery (PIR) Program. Hunter PIR is contracted to provide ‘in kind’ support to the NDIS, and currently both programs share more than 50 joint consumers.

Based on our experiences working alongside the NDIS, Hunter PIR has drafted a discussion paper, “PIR and the NDIS, Building A Stronger Partnership”.  The paper describes the complementary aspects of PIR/NDIS service provision, outlines some of the challenges and outcomes experienced by ‘joint consumers’, and proposes recommendations for future collaboration between the NDIS and PIR.  You can access the discussion paper here.