Authors: Gabrielle Vilic, Chris Lloyd, Philip Lee Williams, Michelle Edwards, and Kathy Turner, QLD
Event: 2012 TheMHS Conference
Subject: CONSUMERS, SERVICE-USER, Recovery, early psychosis, evaluation
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The CORAL group is a consumer advisory group for the Early Psychosis Gold Coast Team. Coral stands for Consumers, Opportunities, Recovery, Advocacy, and Learning. In 2009, planning commenced for the establishment of an Early Psychosis Service for the Gold Coast. A district wide approach was viewed as essential to ensure that all services could work collaboratively and synergistically to improve access, facilitate early intervention, and provide the best evidence-based treatments. An Early Psychosis Interest Group was formed and expressions of interest for consumer involvement were sought. In the time that they have been in operation they have had effective functioning on the reference group, designed visual representation for the CORAL group, participated in the Early Psychosis State Wide Forum, and provided feedback to the Earl Psychosis Team. CORAL’s vision for the future is to continue to provide a service that is holistic and empowering to consumers, provide constructive feedback based on recent, relevant personal experiences, and to ensure a recovery oriented culture that provides youth friendly services.
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