S87: The light we could not see.

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Authors: Joe Petrucci, Anne Ripberger, Gayle Clifford

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Lived Experience, Recovery,Service Systems, Delivery, Implementation,Change, Innovation, Reform

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: As clinicians, we reflect proudly on our service provision; protecting and caring for people experiencing significant mental health problems. When clinicians see efficacy in the existing practice and where there is no exposure to alternate approaches, conceptualising and adopting alternative methods to service is a difficult prospect, even in the face of literary evidence.

In 2015 Queensland Health partnered with MIND Australia to deliver a residential sub-acute mental health service, offering an alternative to inpatient care. This partnership has been nothing short of a revelation for the public Mental Health Service. The non-clinical staff of MIND are indoctrinated to a person-centred, recovery-focused approach, and armed with this, very capably provide responsive service that compliments clinical service provision.

Residents are afforded the opportunity to choose interventions they prefer and aid their recovery, increasing the likelihood that these interventions will enhance personal meaning (Schauer et al. 2007)

The effectiveness of the approach is demonstrable, challenging clinical staff’s assumption, and is influencing professional culture. Clinicians are surrendering professional territory in respect for the autonomy of this alternate approach (England & Lester 2005) and gradually incorporating this alternate expertise.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: A Clinical service can adapt its culture and incorporate and provide person centred recovery focuses approaches

Learning Objective 2: Partnerships between government and non-government organisations can provide a great diversity of benefit not just for mental health consumers, but also to service providers.

England, E. & Lester, H. (2005) Integrated mental health services in England: a policy paradox? International Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 5, 3 October http://www.ijic.org/
Schauer, C., Everett, A., Del Vecchio, P., & Anderson, L. (2007). Promoting the value and practice of shared decision-making in mental health care. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 31(1), 54-61.

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