Authors: Emily Taylor, NSW
Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference
Subject: QUALITY, SERVICE DELIVERY, IMPLEMENTATION, art and nature, Occupational Therapy program
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Bellbird Garden is an Occupational Therapy program for residents of Morisset Hospital to participate in horticulture, landscaping, art, caring for the environment and each other. This paper guides the audience through four seasons of Bellbird Garden where participants journey through their recovery process literally outside the clinical setting. Attitudes are challenged and roles are reversed as bare earth is transformed into a flourishing oasis. There is nothing new about gardening. The innovation is the consumer leadership in task design, allocation, implementation, resource management and purchase, discussion guidance, peer support and peer role modelling.