Are We There Yet? Consumer Participation in Mental Health Services

Browne, Graeme & Courtney, Mary D. (2006) Are We There Yet? Consumer Participation in Mental Health Services. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 12(1), pp. 8-13.


Public policy in Australia recommends that the relationship between consumers and mental health professionals should be one of equals and that consumers be encouraged to have input into service delivery at every level. This approach requires a significant change in attitude for mental health professionals and within services. Although consumer input into mental health service delivery has improved, there is still a long way to go. Unfortunately, consumers consider many of the efforts by mental health services to be tokenistic. This paper considers some of the issues regarding consumer participation, including the changing community attitudes towards people with a mental illness, the concept of recovery, challenges for health professionals and the impediments to consumer participation.

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ID Code: 9772
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Community attitudes, Consumers, Consumer participation, Public policy and recovery
ISSN: 1448-7527
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Mental Health Nursing (111005)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 La Trobe University Australian Institute for Primary Care
Deposited On: 27 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:27

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