Occupational therapy influence on a carer peer support model in a clinical mental health service

Cate Bourke, Bronwyn Sanders, Becca Allchin, Primrose Ann Lentin, Shannon Lang

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Current policy frameworks call for the participation of consumers and carers in all levels of mental health service delivery in Australia. Such inclusion leads to better outcomes for all, however, it is recognised that carers have needs and occupations beyond their carer role. The aim of this article is to describe an innovative carer peer support program developed by a group of occupational therapists. The article describes the rationale, phases of development and the role that occupational therapists played in developing and sustaining the model. This is followed by an exploration of the occupational therapy attitudes, knowledge and skills that contributed to the conceptualisation and implementation of the model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299 - 305
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Occupational Therapy Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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