Authors: Claire Lynch, Susan Daly
Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Workforce,Lived Experience, Recovery,Service Systems, Delivery, Implementation
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Far West Mental Health Recovery Centre is an innovative short-term residential service model that is based on a partnership between a public mental health service and a community managed organisation in Broken Hill, NSW. The service provides an alternative to traditional inpatient care where consumers are supported by skilled Recovery Support Workers, Peer Support Workers and clinicians to identify their own recovery goals and develop strategies to achieve them. Consumers participate in the Optimal Health Program and Flourish during an average four week stay. The service continues to embrace change by drawing on the lived experience of consumers, staff and carers to continually develop a service that is highly valued by the remote communities it services. Innovation in workforce, service model, treatment options, community development and engagement are features of the service.
This paper will describe the way the service provides an innovative response to the unique challenges of mental health service delivery in rural and remote Australia. It will also cover the how the service continues to evolve through learning and valuing the lived experience of those that are connected with it.
Learning Objective 1: To provide opportunities to consider alternatives to traditional mental health inpatient care based on a medical model.
To describe strategies used to incorporate learning's from lived experience in the continued development of the service.
Learning Objective 2: This topic is relevant to mental health service development as it will provide an insight as to innovative ways to address the issues of supply of a mental health workforce in rural and remote areas and also a description of a way to provide quality mental health care in a setting that is an alternative to a hospital inpatient unit.
Daly,S.,& Kirby,S.,Far West Mental Health Recovery Centre:a partnership model of recovery focused mental health inpatient care.13th National Rural Health Conference.
NSW Mental Health Commission (2014). Living Well : Putting people at the centre of mental health reform in NSW. Sydney, NSW Mental Commission.