Authors: Michael Stylianou and Melissa Petrakis , VIC
Event: 2012 TheMHS Conference
Subject: COLLABORATION, CONSUMERS, SERVICE-USER, RESEARCH , Evaluation
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Background: Over the last two years St Vincent's Mental Health and Mind Australia in Melbourne have collaborated to deliver an innovative service to support people with severe and enduring symptoms of mental illness and complex needs, the Adult Mental Health Reform Initiatives (AMHRI).
Aims: To describe a process evaluation of the recovery orientation of the AMHRI, highlighting the value of Consumer Consultants as researchers to a project seeking to engage vulnerable and marginalised participants.
Methods: The evaluation was consumer-led, with consumer consultants across both organisations instrumental in selecting the approach, instruments, negotiating consent with consumers, conducting interviews peer-to-peer, and collecting data and contributing to the analysis.
Conclusions: Consumer researchers enhanced the process and outcomes. This has generated interest overseas, with the Consumer Consultants the first four authors (of eight) of a book chapter published in an international text in the United Kingdom in July.