Authors: • Illawarra Institute for Mental Health • University of Queensland • South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra AHS • Sydney West Area Health Service • Aftercare • Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association; • Illawarra Division of General Practice. • The Prince Charles Hospital HS District • Richmond Fellowship Qld. • Latrobe Regional Hospital MH Service • SNAP • NEAMI
Event: 2007 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: National
Award level: Winner
Award category: Special Judges Award
Abstract: The Australian Integrated Mental Health Initiative - High Support Stream developed, delivered and evaluated the Collaborative Recovery Training Program (CRTP). The underlying philosophy of recovery focussed on the development and maintenance of effective collaborative relationships, promoting autonomy and skills focusing on motivation enhancement, needs identification and collaborative goal and task setting. Over 500 mental health workers across four states in both government and NGO services were trained. There were significant improvements in staff recovery knowledge and attitudes following training. Over 240 consumers participated in the evaluation and identified a significantly greater presence of recovery facilitating practices as part of the support they received from workers after completion of the CRTP. Greater use of personally meaningful activities to achieve goals was associated with significant improvements in mental health outcomes. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Illawarra Institute for Mental Health at the University of Wollongong, co-ordinates the High Support stream of AIMhi. AIMhi is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) with contributions from participating partner organisations. There are currently 10 trial sites composed of both government and non-government mental health organisations. These are located throughout NSW, QLD, VIC and SA. To date there have been 500 mental health workers trained in the Collaborative Recovery Model across 4 Australian States. There are also over 300 consumers, diagnosed with serious mental illnesses, who are currently involved in the project in varying capacities.
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