Recovery Colleges

A tender has been released and is available at The tender process will run from 7 June 2019 to 1 August 2019.

As part of the 2019-20 State Budget process, the establishment of Recovery Colleges in Western Australia, will be progressed with funding of $3.6 million.

The proposed model will operate using a hub and satellite design, with a central hub in Perth and satellites located across the Perth metropolitan area and regional Western Australia.

The establishment of a Recovery College in Western Australia will see people with lived experience, carers, family members, those who work in the mental health and alcohol and other drug (AOD) sectors, and interested community members come together to develop skills, and share knowledge and experiences in relation to health and wellbeing.

Recovery Colleges will provide a mechanism for a cultural shift in existing mental health and AOD services, breaking down barriers between consumers and clinicians, providing clinicians the opportunity to take their experiences back to their clinical services and implement change.

Recovery Colleges in Western Australia will complement existing mental health and AOD support services by enabling self-directed recovery and learning opportunities in a safe and welcoming place. Generally, Recovery Colleges aim to support individual recovery through creating an education platform, and to reduce stigma relating to mental health and AOD problems.

A draft model of service was developed through a co-design process, led by an Expert Panel, in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders including consumers, their families and carers, and workers from non-government organisations and health service providers.

On 25 September 2018, the Expert Panel provided the MHC with the final draft model of service which informed the MHC’s development of a formal business case, submitted as part of the 2019-20 Budget process.

Expert Panel

Through an open Expression of Interest process conducted between December 2017 and March 2018, an Expert Panel was appointed. The Expert Panel consisted of a range of individuals from different backgrounds and is being co-chaired by Mr Joe Calleja and Ms Tandi Kuwana. The first meeting of the Expert Panel was held on 28 March 2018, with their final meeting being held on 25 September 2018.

The Expert Panel was responsible for overseeing the co-design of the model of service for Recovery Colleges in Western Australia, in conjunction with the MHC. The Expert Panel endorsed the consultation processes for the co-design of the model of service.

The Expert Panel Members consist of:
Mr Joe Calleja (Co-Chairperson)
Ms Tandi Kuwana (Co-Chairperson)
Ms Juanita Koeijers                  
Ms  Phoebe Kingston    
Ms  Kerri Boase-Jelinek
Dr Amit Banerjee                      
Mr Glenn Pearson                    
Ms Sharon Taylor
Mr Ron Deng
Ms Caroline Henson

For more information about the Expert Panel members please click here.

Expert Panel Meetings

Information sessions

On 10 and 11 April 2018, the Mental Health Commission held four public information sessions on Recovery Colleges.  These sessions were presented by Ms Jane Rennison, an international expert and Senior Consultant for Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC).

Ms Rennison leads the Central and North West London Recovery and Wellbeing College, an early pioneer of the recovery college model in London following South West London and St George’s and Nottinghamshire Healthcare National Health Service Foundation Trust.

Ms Rennison has been working in mental health for over 30 years  and is actively involved in the continued oversight and operational functioning of the Central and North West London Recovery and Wellbeing College as well as being well versed in the theoretical and empirical evidence to support recovery colleges.

The slide show presentation can be viewed here.

A short video as well as a full version of the information sessions can be viewed below.

Community Consultation

A number of public consultation opportunities were held from 4 to 25 June 2018, regarding a draft model of how a Recovery College could operate in Western Australia. These were in the form of an online survey, written submissions, telephone feedback and through a number of workshops held by 15 community organisations.

Approximately 674 members of the community were engaged through the workshops to provide input for the development of a draft Model of Service for a Recovery College in Western Australian, with a further 85 responses to the online, written and telephone feedback. A full summary of the consultation can be viewed here.

The information from the consultation process assisted the Recovery College Expert Panel and the Mental Health Commission in the development of the draft Model of Service.

Further information

For further information please click on the links below:

Frequently Asked Questions provide additional information on the Recovery Colleges.

Literature Review to inform the development of Recovery Colleges in Western Australia, March 2018.

Recovery Colleges Expert Panel Terms of Reference

Consultation and Engagement Process Report

Queries regarding Recovery Colleges can be emailed to

Recovery College Information Session - Recap

Recovery College Information Session - Full Presentation

Camden and Islington NHS Fundation Trust – What a Recovery College is

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