Book of Proceedings: Restructuring For Independent Citizenship

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Authors: Brian Owen and Steven Dolman, QLD

Year: 2012

Event: 2012 TheMHS Conference

Subject: CONSUMERS, SERVICE-USER, Collaboration, confidence, capacity, community

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9757653-8-8

Abstract: This paper will be pertaining to regathering our independent ownership (citizenship) based upon our philosophical starting charter as a consumer focused organization. Peer managed services are run “by members for members”, and offer unique opportunities to support recovery of those who have experienced problems associated with mental health. All members have an opportunity to become involved in how the service operates and the direction it takes both on a day to day basis and at Board level. Bayside Initiatives Group was established with a commitment to this philosophy, but relationships between members became problematic and the service lost direction and became ineffective. Despite the difficulties faced by the organisation, these changes resulted in not only a successful consumer run service but one which was recognized for its excellence in 2011 by being nominated for and winning the Earle Duus Award and the Queensland Mental Health Achievement Award 2011 for the Non-Government/ Community category. These coveted awards were won because of our team commitment.

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