Book of Proceedings: Co-Design and Creative Development of the Optimal Health Program

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Authors: Marco De Ieso, NSW, Gaye Moore, Helen Wilding, David Castle, VIC

Year: 2016

Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Book of Proceedings 2016, conference papers, proceedings papers, Frameworks for Health, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9945702-1-5

Abstract: Paper from TheMHS Conference 2016 Book of Proceedings: People. Authenticity Starts in the Heart. The Conference was held in Auckland, New Zealand 23 - 26 August 2016.

The Optimal Health Program was originally created to meet the needs of people with a severe mental illness, but was subsequently expanded to include the general community with a focus on wellbeing rather than illness. In 2012 the program was redesigned in collaboration with key stakeholders including consumer and educator perspectives. The framework for the redesign included 5 important elements: (1) Collaborative Therapy principles, (2) a psycho-educational format, (3) integrity of concepts, (4) enhancing engagement and (5) genuine collaboration between people with a broad range of experiences including lived experience of mental health and recovery. The redesign used elements of co-design. We took a creative and critical approach to reviewing: (1) program materials, (2) practitioner training programs, (3) e-health options, (4) promotion and marketing strategies (5) capacity building for practitioners and participants alike and (6) the diverse applications of the program. The development and redesign of the Optimal Health Program will be ongoing into the future.

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