Our Lives Our Choices II

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Authors: Our Lives Our Choices

Year: 1999

Event: 1999 TheMHS Awards


Type of resource: TheMHS Awards

Award state: SA

Award level: Gold

Award category: Best Consumer Involvement in Services or Projects

Abstract: OLOC II was the first national cinsumer run mental health conference in Australia, it was held in Adelaide on Oct 17th and 18th 1998, the theme was "What Keeps Us Well". The conference's purpose was to be a forum where professionals, paraprofessionals, consumers and carers could meet on equal ground. It was a culmination of 2 years work by consumers and carers who had complete autonomy regarding the running, planning and spending of funding in implication of this conference. The program consisted of workshops by presenters from different professions and consumers/carers with the Arts and Spirituality holding an important place. There were 7 presenters on indigenous and multicultural issues. Every state was represented in attendance and presenting, with over 350 people for each day. Consideration of consumers was in all aspects of planning with massage/ health practitioners, counsellors/nurses for emergencies, and refreshments available at all times. The conference was a resounding succes, with comments like "It has changed my life", "the whole person not just the illness was taken into consideration", "Sprituality was addressed for the first time", "I feel empowered and respected". Description of Facility/Organisation:

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