Recovery Library

In 2015 the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services contracted the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing to develop an online repository of resources to support Victorian mental health services to actively engage with the FRAMEWORK FOR RECOVERY ORIENTED PRACTICE (which is a policy of the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria, Australia), to share high-quality resources and to support a service culture of ongoing practice development around recovery values. The resulting product is the RECOVERY LIBRARY.

The Framework explicitly identifies the principles, capabilities, practices and leadership that should underpin the work of the specialist mental health workforce. It is intended to provide broad guidance to both individual practitioners and service leaders, spanning different practice settings and age ranges throughout the Victorian specialist mental health service system, specifically clinical and community-managed services. It is intended to complement existing professional standards and competency frameworks.

In the paradigm of mental health, the concept of recovery is understood to refer to a unique personal experience, process or journey that is defined and led by each person in relation to their wellbeing. While recovery is owned by and unique to each individual, mental health services have a role in creating an environment that supports, and does not interfere with, people's recovery efforts.

The resources presented in the Recovery Library are mapped against the nine domains of the Framework for recovery-oriented practice. They are complemented by relevant links and multimedia resources, primarily filmed excerpts of thoughts and reflections of some of Victoria's leading innovative thinkers and change agents in relation to recovery-oriented practice in mental health.

Please contact the CPN’s Consumer Academic Cath Roper for further details: croper@unimelb.edu.au / 8344 9455