Capturing the Experience: Lessons of Consumers and Carers in Rural Mental Health Education
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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

How to Cite

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McGarry D, Andrews N, Buchta M, Kent K, McFarlane C, McFarlane J. Capturing the Experience: Lessons of Consumers and Carers in Rural Mental Health Education. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine [Internet]. 2015Feb.2 [cited 2021Jun.23];12(1). Available from: https://ajp.paramedics.org/index.php/ajp/article/view/143

Abstract

In 2012 the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, Charles Sturt University 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 NGO carer support organisation CentaCare Wilcannia-Forbes, a consumer, two carers, a student and the academic involved. 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.
https://doi.org/10.33151/ajp.12.1.143
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