Authors: Diana East and Anna Delamain
Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Research, Evaluation, Quality Improvement, QLD, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper addresses an approach to developing a systematic and valid framework for evaluating the effectiveness of empowerment interventions at multiple levels or settings in order to improve the health conditions of mental health consumers. It presents some personal reflections of Mental Health Community Development Workers from Queensland to exemplify the application of this approach and clearly demonstrates processes used, and their subsequent results, to enable consumers to move beyond despair and hopelessness to assuming control of their lives.
While it is important to seek the views of consumers and other participants as well, the Community Development Workers’ approach offers other mental health professionals a method to evaluate the effectiveness of their work in an area which remains a key element in the mental health reform process, assisting the empowerment of consumers.