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Recovery as a lived experience discipline : a grounded theory study
journal contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Louise ByrneLouise Byrne, Brenda Happell, Kerry Reid-SearlKerry Reid-Searl
Recovery is government mandated and a core facet of mental health reform. However, Recovery implementation in this country has been inhibited by a lack of education and understanding from clinicians. A grounded theory study was undertaken to explore the potential and existing role of lived experience practitioners in assisting meaningful implementation of Recovery within the Australian mental health sector. In-depth interviews were conducted with 13 people employed to work from a lived experience perspective. The findings suggest participants have experienced and observed significant barriers to the implementation of Recovery focused practice while operating in lived experience roles. Three main issues emerged: Recovery co-opted, Recovery uptake and Recovery denial. For a genuine Recovery focused mental health system to be developed, lived experience practitioners must be enabled to take their role as Recovery experts and leaders. Lived experience practitioners are the logical leaders of Recovery implementation due to their own internal experience and understanding of Recovery and the wider lived experience movement’s development and championing of the concepts.