Authors: Janice Clayton, NZ
Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, Healing And Recovery, Healthy mental health organisations, New Zealand
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: A recovery approach is proposed as the way forward in the New Zealand Blueprint for Mental Health services (Mental Health Commission, 1998). This will alter the focus of mental health care for New Zealanders from illness models towards a holistic approach to care, which focuses on wellbeing. The Blueprint challenges other sectors such as the education sector, to be involved in implementing the recovery approach.
The development of an education programme, the Health and Wellbeing Course, is described in this paper. This is a course designed for those in recovery from mental health issues, and is based on the recovery approach. This course was developed at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand. The course consists of seven unit standards, which have New Zealand Qualification Authority approval. The first course started in September 2000.
This paper will give the rationale for the development of the course in a New Zealand tertiary setting. An evaluation of the course will be presented. This will include the student's perspective's, and the significance of the course for them. This data is based on evaluation processes so far, including written comments, rating scales and verbal comments from students based on a taped interview. The findings provide the basis for a discussion on the effectiveness of health education programmes for those in recovery from mental illness.