The real world impact of the Partners in Recovery initiative on consumer needs in Gippsland, Victoria

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Individuals with severe and persistent mental illness [SPMI] have multiple and complex needs which are often unmet. The Partners in Recovery [PIR] initiative is a nationally implemented Australian recovery oriented service for individuals with SPMI. This paper demonstrates the impact of the PIR initiative on client needs and explores factors associated with positive change. Demographic data and the Camberwell Assessment of Need Short Appraisal Schedule (CANSAS) data relating to 179 clients who enrolled in the PIR initiative were analysed. Forty seven percent of clients improved in one or more domains, 34% improved in 3 or more domains, 23% improved in 5 or more domains and 7% improved in 10 or more domains of the modified CANSAS from enrolment to final measurement. Being female (1.96 fold increase) and living alone (1.35 fold increase) significantly affecting the odds of achieving 'positive change' (p<0.01).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventMental Health Services (MHS) Conference 2017: Embracing Change: Through Innovation and Lived Experience - Hilton, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 29 Aug 20171 Sep 2017
Conference number: 27th


ConferenceMental Health Services (MHS) Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleTheMHS 2017
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