Recovery Colleges

In the 2017-18 Budget, the State Government provided the Mental Health Commission (MHC) with $200,000 to develop a comprehensive, unique and evidence-informed model of service and business case, for the establishment of a Recovery College model in Western Australia. 

Recovery Colleges complement existing mental health, and alcohol and other drug (AOD) support services by enabling self-directed recovery and mental health, and AOD learning opportunities in a safe and welcoming place. Generally, Recovery Colleges aim to support individual recovery through creating an education platform, and a reduction of stigma relating to mental health, and AOD problems.

There are many models of service for Recovery Colleges including that outlined in a previous Business Model coordinated by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health. To inform the evidence base for the model of services, the MHC commissioned a Literature Review to assist in identifying the range of service models available. This will assist in ensuring an evidence-informed approach is used to develop a unique model of service for Western Australia.

It is anticipated that the model of service will consider the provision of learning opportunities about recovery and wellbeing designed for: people with mental health and co-occurring AOD issues, their families and carers; staff of mental health service providers; and staff and volunteers of non-government service providers.

The MHC will progress the development of a comprehensive model of service for Recovery Colleges through a co-design process led by an Expert Panel and in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders including consumers, their families and carers, and workers from non-government organisations and health service providers.

Once the co-designed model of service is developed by the end of September 2018, the MHC will finalise a formal business case to meet the 2019-20 Budget process requirements.

Expert Panel

Through an open Expression of Interest process conducted between December 2017 and March 2018, an Expert Panel has been appointed. The Expert Panel consists 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 in late March 2018.

The Expert Panel is 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 will also determine 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 of the information sessions will be uploaded shortly.

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 a various community organisations. The information from the consultation process will assist the Recovery College Expert Panel and the Mental Health Commission to develop a draft Model of Service.

Once a draft of the Model has been completed, further community consultation will occur. Consultation information will be available here in due course.

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

Queries regarding Recovery Colleges can be emailed to recoverycollege@mhc.wa.gov.au

Recovery College Information Session - Recap

Recovery College Information Session - Full Presentation