S97: Creating change through lived experience expertise – Wellways’ use of lived experience in supporting individuals, families and the community.

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Authors: Kate Higgins, Ben Matthews

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Workforce,Reducing Stigma and Discrimination,Lived Experience, Recovery

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Wellways Australia is a not for profit mental health and disability support organisation, providing services across Victoria, New South Wales, ACT, and Tasmania. Wellways Community Recovery Model highlights the importance of working with individuals, families, friends and the community to support recovery and create more inclusive communities. Lived experience expertise is central to this model.

This presentation aims to provide the audience with an overview of Wellways’ approach to utilising lived experience expertise in supporting individuals, families, friends and the community. This includes providing individual peer support across all services, peer-led education programs and engaging with community groups through lived experience education and advocacy.

The paper will include a summary of the models of practice and research based approaches adopted by Wellways such as Intentional Peer Support, the CHIME model of recovery, community inclusion principles, and relational recovery. The audience will also be provided with an outline of Wellways Lived Experience Workforce framework which is central to the successful implementation of Wellways lived experience support and services.

Change in mental health must have lived experience expertise at the forefront of that change.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: Audience members will gain knowledge on how lived experience can be utilised to create change for individuals, families, friends and the community. This includes knowledge on research based approaches and models of practice that underpins this work.

Learning Objective 2: This topic is relevant to improving outcomes for people who experience mental health issues, their friends and families and in strengthening communities.

Leamy, M., Bird, V., Boutliier, C., Williams, J & Slade, M. (2011). Conceptual framework for personal recovery in mental health: systemic review and narrative synthesis, The British Journal of Psychiatry (199), 445-45
Mead, S., Hilton, D., & Curtis, L. (2001). Peer Support a theoretical perspective, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 25(2), 134-41.

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