Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Service

SA Health will allocate $1.2 million over two years to design and implement a BPD Service in South Australia by July 2019.

The South Australia Mental Health Commission developed the State’s first cross-government South Australian Action Plan for People Living with Borderline Personality Disorder 2017-2020 (PDF 445KB). In response, SA Health released the Borderline Personality Disorder Implementation Plan (PDF 535KB). For SA Health, one of the drivers for the Action Plan is to ensure that all people living with Borderline Personality Disorder (BDP) receive the most appropriate treatment and support, and are not excluded from mental health services and support.

The goal of the BPD Service is to assist recovery, improve quality of life and to minimise the personal and social impacts of people living with BPD in South Australia.

The key focus areas for the BPD Service are:

  • Case management;
  • Access to relevant therapies and supports for families; and
  • Clinical workforce training

The responsibility for early identification, referral, assessment, treatment and support for people living with BPD in South Australia is shared across the community from the primary health care system, the public and private mental health systems, hospitals, correctional services, forensic services, schools and other government and non-government agencies.

Training and extra support will start to rollout sequentially to Local Health Networks from December 2017 until June 2019. Staff will be provided with further information relating to the rollout in their LHN.

What is BPD?

BPD is a mental illness that can make it difficult for people to feel safe in their relationships with other people, to have healthy thoughts and beliefs about themselves, and to control their emotions and impulses. People living with BPD may experience distress in their work, family and social life, and may harm themselves.

People living with BPD are at increased risk of suicide and self-harm and frequently have contact with a number of agencies and service providers including hospitals and health services, Drug and Alcohol Services SA, SA Ambulance Services, SAPOL, prison services, general practitioners, NGO community services and housing services.

Where to get help in South Australia

Mental Health Triage Service/Assessment and Crisis Intervention Service: 13 14 65

Sanctuary BPD Carer Support Group:

BPD Support Services in South Australia:

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