Papua New Guinea – Identifying Strategies For Improving Mental Health Rehabilitation To Assist The Recovery Process

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Authors: Wendy Weir, NSW and Michael Lekara, Manus Province, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Year: 2003

Event: 2003 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Diverse Cultures, transcultural,

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 1876939184

Abstract: Papua New Guinea has difficulty in providing basic health care for its population of approximately 5 million. It struggles with poor security, inadequate communication and transport systems, inadequate facilities and resources, extreme lack of funds and relies on families to provide their relatives with basic nursing care. Although mental health services have limited staff who are attempting to provide services they are committed to their work and extremely keen to learn from other countries.

Two workshops on mental health rehabilitation and recovery were conducted in 2002 for 20 staff employed in mental health services. The aim was to assist participants to identify feasible strategies for improving mental health rehabilitation services in Papua New Guinea and to identify resources to meet recovery and rehabilitation needs. This paper will provide a brief overview of the content and outcomes of the education and training workshops and identify how Australian and New Zealand services can support Papua New Guinea people in the development of a range of mental health services.

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