Authors: Sue Belmore, Lisa Brophy, Dianne Hardy
Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference
Subject: co-design and recovery, innovation, quality, lived experience, mental health service reform, The Mind Australia Recovery College (MRC)
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Mind Australia Recovery College (MRC) was initiated by Mind Australia in 2013. This innovative service delivery model provides an alternative approach to mental health service delivery based on a co-production and education-based approach. Co-production which is inclusive of lived experience lays the ground work that inspires hope through the college’s culture, learning environment and relationships.
The objectives of the Mind Australia Recovery College are to:
1. Address health inequalities
2. Take an innovative, rights-based approach to health development
3. Enable co-production with persons impacted by mental ill-health
4. Facilitate adult learning to support recovery.
Mind Australia commissioned the Centre for Mental Health at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne to conduct an evaluation. The evaluation examined: (a) how Mind has adapted the Recovery College model; (b) the fidelity of the implementation of the Mind Recovery College to the plan; (c) the effectiveness and any potential harms of the college; and (d) the ‘active ingredients’ of the model in the short term. The process and preliminary outcome evaluation addressed these questions through a mixed methods design using a documentation review, a survey of all those involved and a series of semi-structured interviews and focus groups with students and others. This presentation will discuss these findings and the implications for further development of the Mind Recovery College.