Authors: Janne McMahon, Judy Hardy
Event: 2015 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Carer/Family Peer Support
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Public and private mental health services have a responsibility to identify and work with carers. Much of the ongoing care for people with long term mental illness and disability is now provided via initiatives such as the Partners in Recovery, Personal Helpers and Mentors Scheme and in time, the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
There is much research which clearly demonstrates that engaging and involving carers has a positive influence on the physical, mental and psychosocial outcomes for consumers. What is lacking is clear nationally consistent practical guidance for working with and supporting carers.
A Consortium has been formed to develop a Practical Guide for Working with Carers of People with a Mental Illness. These are:
Mental Health Carers ARAFMI WA Inc.
Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia)
Mental Health Council of Australia
Mental Health Carers ARAFMI Australia
The main aim of this Project is to provide practical guidance in working with carers in a meaningful, mutually beneficial way using a partnership approach. The underpinning principle is that carers are equal partners in care.
The Guide will assist providers in meeting their obligations under the National Standards for Mental Health Services, Standard 7 - Carers.