Partnerships in Wellbeing

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The Partnerships in Wellbeing Awards, sponsored by ACMHN and Eli Lilly

 

These unique awards recognised and supported innovative programs that assist people living with a mental illness to optimise their lifestyles and improve their quality of life. The awards were designed to support programs that have not attracted significant funding from other sources and are a departure from core business.

ACMHN CEO Kim Ryan says the Partnership in Wellbeing Awards recognised partnerships between mental health professionals and consumer and carers. 'These programs highlight the importance of a multidisciplinary approach and the need for consumers to be involved at all stages - these are not programs developed for consumers but with consumers', Ms Ryan says.

The awards were presented at the International Conference on Mental Health Nursing each year. Almost 400 Mental Health Nurses and others working in mental health attend these Conferences, providing them the opportunity to stay up to date on trends in clinical practice, research, education and explore the changing scope of mental health nursing.

 

Winners

The 13th Annual Partnerships in Wellbeing Awards, sponsored by ACMHN and Eli Lilly, were awarded at the ACMHN's 39th International Mental Health Nursing Conference in Perth.

The Recovery Camp 2013, run by the University of Wollongong, were awarded the major Partnerships in Wellbeing Award for 2013. The Recovery Camp saw undergraduate nursing students and people with a lived experience of mental health issues sharing a week together, promoting an understanding of individual mental health recovery, and facilitating an immersive learning experience for nursing students.

Recognition awards were won by the Metabolic Health Clinic for Homeless Men and the Mitchell Community Sole Parents Group.

 

The 12th Annual Partnerships in Wellbeing Awards, sponsored by ACMHN and Eli Lilly, were awarded at the ACMHN's 38th International Mental Health Nursing Conference in Darwin.

ROAM Communities Clubhouse Project won the major prize for 2012. ROAM Communities, established in 2005 is a not-for-profit mental health nursing charity dedicated to helping people recover social and emotional wellbeing in the community, avoiding hospitals. The Clubhouse project started in July 2012 and provides consumers the opportunity to meet friends and engage in vocational education and employment groups through participation in a variety of psychosocial activities.

The minor Partnerships in Wellbeing Awards for 2012 went to Books on Prescription: Word for Wellbeing (Broome WA), the Art Therapy Group (Coffs Harbour NSW), Free Voice - Speak Out (Albury NSW), and the Hearing Voices Group (Toowoomba QLD).

 

The 11th Annual Parternships in Wellbeing Awards, sponsored by ACMHN and Eli Lilly, were awarded at the ACMHN's 37th International Mental Health Nursing Conference in Queensland.

The Women’s Wellbeing Group at St John of God Mental Health Service in Warrnambool were awarded the major Partnerships in Wellbeing Award for 2011, worth $6,000. These unique awards recognise and support innovative programs that assist people living with a mental illness to optimise their lifestyles and improve their quality of life. The awards are designed to support programs that have not attracted significant funding from other sources and are a departure from core business.

The Women’s Wellbeing Group was developed in May 2011 with a goal of promoting social inclusion and encouraging a healthy lifestyle in women who have become socially isolated due to their mental illness. ‘This program has already achieved some significant outcomes for clients and we hope this award will assist them to continue their good work’, ACMHN President Peter Santangelo said.

Two encouragement awards worth $3,000 each were awarded to the Dual Diagnosis Consumer and Carer Advisory Council run by the Eastern Dual Diagnosis Service in Victoria, and the Healthy Body Healthy Mind program run by Kaleidoscope Youth Health in New South Wales.

 

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