The Magic Of Peer Support In Acute Mentnal Health Units Across Queensland – Consumer Companion Program

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Authors: Rick Austin, QLD

Year: 2009

Event: 2009 TheMHS Conference


Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 9780975765357

Abstract: This paper outlines an innovative program based on peer support which has been implemented across six district mental health services within Queensland. The success of the program will be presented over the last twelve months and the future roll-out of the program across Queensland. I will highlight that
• Peer support can and is a valuable strategy in supporting people experiencing mental illness
• Mental health consumers provide a valuable alternative to the traditional mental health workforce in meeting the holistic needs of patients
• Training and supervision are essential elements in supporting consumers to provide peer support.

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