Authors: Marj Bloor, John Skelton
Event: 2002 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, ARAFMI , Innovations in Consumer & Carer Approaches to MHS Delivery
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: In response to the dilemma faced by many long-term family carers of people with chronic mental illness, this paper will draw on the experiences of the Planned Lifetime Assistance Network (PLAN) operating in the U.S.A. and the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) operating in Vancouver Canada, and the models of service provided through these programs. An overview of the situation for Queensland families will be offered using the results of the research report – ‘Future Directions ~ For a Planned Lifetime Assistance Program for People with Mental Illness– an inquiry into the long term care needs of those affected by mental illness and a social justice based model for carers’.
Following a review of the information available it will be proposed that the implementation of a Planned Lifetime Assistance Program (PLAP) in Queensland (or Australia), will fill a crucial vacuum in the existing range of support services for people with mental illness and psychiatric disability.