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Title: A substantial peer workforce in a psychiatric service will improve patient outcomes: the case for.
Austin Authors: Dark, Frances;Patton, Murray;Newton, Richard
Affiliation: Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Specialist Mental Health and Addictions Service, Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand
Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Service, and School Public Health, University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD, Australia
Issue Date: Oct-2017 2017
Publication information: Australasian Psychiatry 2017; 25(5): 441-444
Abstract: This statement of opinion relates to an invited debate on the role of peer workers in psychiatric services during the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists conference 2016. The views presented in this statement of opinion are those of the team for the affirmative. Peer workers are increasingly being employed within mental health services. Early adopters of this new workforce note advantages in terms of engagement of peers but also a bidirectional sharing of knowledge between clinicians and peer workers that has been mutually beneficial. Greater research and evaluation needs to occur to understand how best to incorporate peer workers into mental health care.
DOI: 10.1177/1039856217700297
Journal: Australasian Psychiatry
PubMed URL: 28468506
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: peer support workers
psychiatric services
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