Authors: Cathie Gordon, Barbara Doogue and Peter Tymkiw, SA
Event: 2011 TheMHS Conference
Subject: COLLABORATION, COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: SA Health (Government of South Australia) has established three residential Community Rehabilitation Centres (CRCs) in Adelaide for mental health consumers with high and complex needs. These centres provide short-term intensive rehabilitation and are staffed by multidisciplinary teams that include consumer specialist workers (peer workers). The employment of consumer specialists in Adelaide’s CRCs is based on evidence-based best practice, as recognised by several South Australian studies on peer work and by SA Health. This paper describes the consumer specialist’s role and holistic approach, highlighting the significant benefits of peer support to enable a coordinated approach to rehabilitation, treatment and care, and providing a model that can be adopted by mental health services in parts of Australasia where peer work is not yet recognised or utilised.