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Evaluation of a residential mental health recovery service in North Queensland

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posted on 14.09.2018, 00:00 authored by M Heyeres, Irina KinchinIrina Kinchin, E Whatley, L Brophy, J Jago, T Wintzloff, S Morton, V Mosby, N Gopalkrishnan, K Tsey
Background: Evidence shows that subacute mental health recovery occurs best when a person remains active within the community and fulfils meaningful and satisfying roles of their choosing. Several residential care services that incorporate these values have been established in Australia and overseas. Aims: This study describes (a) the development of an evaluation framework for a new subacute residential mental health recovery service in regional Australia and (b) reports on the formative evaluation outcomes. Methods: Continuous quality improvement and participatory research approaches informed all stages of the development of the evaluation framework. A program logic was established and subsequently tested for practicability. The resultant logic utilizes the Scottish Recovery Indicator 2 (SRI 2) service development tool, Individual Recovery Plans (IRPs), and the impact assessment of the service on psychiatric inpatient admissions (reported separately). Results: Service strengths included a recovery-focused practice that identifies and addresses the basic needs of residents (consumers). The consumers of the service were encouraged to develop their own goals and self-manage their recovery plans. The staff of the service were identified as working effectively in the context of the recovery process; the staff were seen as supported and valued. Areas for improvement included more opportunities for self-management for residents and more feedback from residents and carers.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

6

Start Page

1

End Page

9

Number of Pages

9

ISSN

2296-2565

Location

Switzerland

Publisher

Frontiers Research Foundation, Switzerland

Additional Rights

Open Access

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Acceptance Date

12/04/2018

External Author Affiliations

University of Melbourne, James Cook University; Mind Australia Ltd., Heidelberg, VIC

Author Research Institute

Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Front Public Health