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Capturing the experience: Lessons of consumers and carers in rural mental health education


McGarry, D and Andrews, N and Buchta, M and Kent, K and McFarlane, C and McFarlane, J, Capturing the experience: Lessons of consumers and carers in rural mental health education, Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 12, (1) pp. 1-6. ISSN 2202-7270 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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In 2012, the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, introduced guest lectures from consumers of mental health services and their carers. These lectures were placed within the introductory mental health subjects of both the Mental Health Nursing and Paramedic undergraduate programs. This paper describes this experience by combining the recollections of six key stakeholders: the non-government organisation (NGO) carer support organisation CentaCare Wilcannia-Forbes, a consumer, two carers, a student and the academic involved in the program. Each provided responses to five aspects: the background to the project, the gains from the experience, the personal hopes and concerns when the project was proposed, the perceived value of the project and finally thoughts about the future of the project.

Risks are recognised at an individual level for students, carers and consumers of a re-traumatising nature, and of inadvertent reinforcement of pre-existing stereotyping or stigmatising positions. However, overall, the project was well regarded and is considered worthy of continuing, supported by some research to identify the germane elements.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Consumer and carer teaching, nursing and paramedic learning, lived experience of mental illness, NGO support service, experience of collaboration, rural and remote mental health
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Mental health nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:McGarry, D (Ms Denise McGarry)
ID Code:128349
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-09-14
Last Modified:2018-10-15

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