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Getting it right: Appropriate therapeutic recreation programs for community based consumers of mental health services

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Over the last two decades in Australia, the deinstitutionalization process, which began with the intent of moving consumers of mental health services from in-patient facilities and then seeking to integrate these same individuals into the community, has served to highlight a wide range of consumer needs that have remained largely unfulfilled throughout the process. One such need has been the provision of appropriate therapeutic recreation programs for the community based consumers of the various state co-ordinated mental health services. This paper argues a case for a change in the approach which professional staff provide and lead therapeutic recreation based programs to enable participants to be empowered, rather than disempowered, through their involvement. Further, this paper contends that there is a need for health care staff, more generally, to accept the concept of such programs for the community based consumers of various mental health services as a valued one.

Publication Date


  • 2000

Citation


  • Pegg, S., & Moxham, L. (2000). Getting it right: Appropriate therapeutic recreation programs for community based consumers of mental health services. Contemporary nurse : a journal for the Australian nursing profession, 9(3-4), 295-302. doi:10.5172/conu.2000.9.3-4.295

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0034285512

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 295

End Page


  • 302

Volume


  • 9

Issue


  • 3-4

Abstract


  • Over the last two decades in Australia, the deinstitutionalization process, which began with the intent of moving consumers of mental health services from in-patient facilities and then seeking to integrate these same individuals into the community, has served to highlight a wide range of consumer needs that have remained largely unfulfilled throughout the process. One such need has been the provision of appropriate therapeutic recreation programs for the community based consumers of the various state co-ordinated mental health services. This paper argues a case for a change in the approach which professional staff provide and lead therapeutic recreation based programs to enable participants to be empowered, rather than disempowered, through their involvement. Further, this paper contends that there is a need for health care staff, more generally, to accept the concept of such programs for the community based consumers of various mental health services as a valued one.

Publication Date


  • 2000

Citation


  • Pegg, S., & Moxham, L. (2000). Getting it right: Appropriate therapeutic recreation programs for community based consumers of mental health services. Contemporary nurse : a journal for the Australian nursing profession, 9(3-4), 295-302. doi:10.5172/conu.2000.9.3-4.295

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0034285512

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 295

End Page


  • 302

Volume


  • 9

Issue


  • 3-4