Deinstitutionalisation - Where are we now?
Deinstitutionalisation has transformed the landscape for consumers and carers and revolutionised mental health service delivery. But has nation-wide deinstitutionalisation policy improved the lives of people with mental illness and their carers?
Join the discussion lead by Rob Ramjan, CEO, One Door Mental Health, Brenda Happell, SYNERGY Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre, and Barnie van Wyk, CEO, St. Vincent de Paul Society. Refreshments provided.
This is a free MHCC ACT sponsored event. It is an opportunity to network and to hear the perspectives of three individuals with vast experience in the community sector.
Since the mid-20th century, there has been a gradual shift towards community-based care for the mentally ill as an alternative to institutionalisation and hospitalisation.
In the latter part of the 1990s, the recovery-oriented approach gained recognition as an effective way to assist individuals affected by mental illness. This approach is underpinned by the idea that recovery from mental illness is achievable; wherever possible, recovery should take place in the community rather than in a hospital setting.
The deinstitutionalisation approach has transformed the landscape for consumers and carers, and has revolutionised service delivery for community-managed organisations.
But have these reforms improved the lives of people with mental illness and thier carers?
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