Authors: Rozelle Hospital
Event: 1998 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Bronze
Award category: Consumer Involvement
Abstract: The Consumer Consultants at Rozelle Hospital are a group of people with a mental illness, employed by the hospital to provide support and advocacy to patients. We work part time. Because we have a mental illness and are function fairly well in the community we are role models for patients. From us they gain the hope that they too can become well. Patients also find it very easy to talk to the Consultants because we have experienced something of what they are going through. They often disclode quite a lot about themselves. we have a policy of confidentiality but will break this if we feel there is some threat to the patient's wellbeing. Usually we persuade patients to tell staff. Description of Facility/Organisation: Rozelle Hospital is a stand alone, 270 bed Psychiatric Hospital catering for the Central Sydney Health Area. It has acute and rehebilitation beds and also caters for psychogeriatric patients.