Authors: Michelle Condon, Michael Herman, Neil Turner, Janice Mavin and Colette McCormack, NSW
Event: 2008 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Acute Access to Services, CONSUMER ROLES, ADVOCACY,RECOVERY / REHABILITATION,TRANSFORMING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This project examined the impact of establishing a Patient Peer Group Committee (PPGC) on the number of aggressive incidents occurring within a locked inpatient dual diagnosis unit and the level of severity of the aggression. It was hypothesised that there was a lack of ownership of the culture in the unit so after a literature review, it was decided that a model similar to a Student Representative Council may prove beneficial. Once the PPGC was established, the patients and staff worked in unison to problem-solve and develop ownership of decisions that were made regarding the unit. There was a 44 percent reduction in the number of aggressive incidents from the six months prior to its implementation to the six months post the implementation. Additionally, the results also indicated a statistically significant decline in the mean severity of the aggression, when comparing pre- to post- intervention.