Brenda happell - CQ University - Social Determinants of Health Conference 2013

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Brenda happell - CQ University - Social Determinants of Health Conference 2013

  1. 1. Effective and Strategic Mental Health Programs Professor Brenda Happell Centre for Mental Health Nursing Innovation
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  3. 3. Who decides effective and strategic?
  4. 4. • Mental health policy dictates: • Recovery-focused services • Consumer participation in design, development, implementation and evaluation of MHS
  5. 5. • Reality: • Lack of support for consumers • Lack of training for health providers • Tokenism
  6. 6. • Consumer voice often dismissed • Grinding the axe • Not representative • Or maybe not even needed
  7. 7. What’s wrong here? • Golly gosh no service user author!
  8. 8. Promoting consumer participation • Respect for consumer perspective • Advocacy and active support • Consumer involvement in the education of health professionals • Facilitating consumer-led services and consumer-led research • Respecting the origins and intention of Recovery • “Nothing about us without us” • Open minds and willingness to try
  9. 9. “This really is an innovative approach, but I’m afraid we can’t consider it. It’s never been done before.”

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