Authors: Paola Cheng, Michael Gardner, Nilufer Kurtoglu and Nadia Rigoni, VIC
Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Book of Proceedings 2016, conference papers, proceedings papers
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
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.
This paper aims at providing a window on the experience of the authors belonging to a network that is geographically widespread and the project they are working on towards bringing a culture shift at Eastern Health, starting with change in language from Risk to Safety. The Victorian Mental Health Interprofessional Leadership Network (VMHILN) unites existing and emerging leaders within the Victorian Mental Health Sector, who through their interprofessional teams, have a joint commitment to leading change for Recovery for consumers and carers. It consists of 72 members, 18 teams with membership from across the lived experience, nursing, allied health and medical workforces. Each team member was selected based on their role with respect to their leadership skills and interest in leading and creating change in their particular discipline. In addition to completing a leadership program, teams identified a Recovery focused project to support a change in culture and interprofessional practice. To support a move towards Recovery Oriented practice and personal safety plans, a change towards consumer friendly language was proposed at Eastern Health (EH). The term “safety” as opposed to ‘risk’ encourages a positive focus on person centred and holistic care, and implies collaboration and shared responsibility for outcomes between consumer and clinician. A safety framework represented a good ‘fit’ with the Recovery framework and is representative of a trend moving away from risk management. The safety framework is a fundamentally positive perspective for the person in treatment and care, enabling a shared conversation around mutually understood beliefs and concerns. Eastern Health focused on Collaborative Risk Assessment through the co-design of tools with a focus on safety planning and best practice for the consumer in treatment and care.