S32: Stimulating peer-learning in a residential setting now, and under NDIS – this is how you do it!

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Authors: Lisa Brophy, Cassandra Politanski, Mark Heeney

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Lived Experience, Recovery,Change, Innovation, Reform,Research & Evaluation Informing Practice

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: This presentation will inform the audience of a project undertaken by a group of University of Melbourne researchers (including consumer researchers). Whom were asked by Mind Australia to assess how well Mind’s adult residential rehab, Peer Recovery Communities (PRCs) are working to support residents’ mental health recovery.

This evaluation found strong support for PRCs and the value of having peers involved in research activity as well as the model under investigation. The PRCs have created new opportunities for people with psychosocial disability and demonstrates the importance of services shifting to more clearly adopting new models of care that are focused on social inclusion and community participation. This also includes, a greater focus on individuals of the service co-designing and delivering Peer Learning Workshops. This presentation will provide a unique opportunity for the audience to hear from both the associate professor who led the evaluation and a peer worker of the one of the services who has been assisting in the implementation of the evaluation recommendations.

This presentation will also include analysis of the implications of the transformation of the PRC model to Supported Independent Living service within an NDIS environment.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: Audience members will leave this session understanding how peer learning in a residential setting has great influence over supporting individuals’ recovery. Audience members will also learn about how to ensure peer learning within an NDIS Supported Independent Living environment (SIL).

Learning Objective 2: This topic is very relevant to mental health services and issues. As this topic presents evidence for why Peer Recovery Communities are effective and addresses the implications of transitioning in to a SIL model under NDIS.

Beyond NDIS- Community Managed Mental Health Services, (VicServ, New Paradigm, Naughtin and Grigg, 2015)
Victorian Department of Health (2012) Review of the PDRSS Day Program, Adult Residential Rehabilitation and Youth Residential Rehabilitation Services, Mental Health, Drugs, Regions Division, Victorian Government Department of Health, Melbourne

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