Western Australian Recovery College

On 2 December 2019, the Minister for Mental Health announced that HelpingMinds has been appointed to provide the first state-wide Recovery College with $3.6 million invested by the State Government over three and a half years.

The MHC has provided HelpingMinds with funding to roll out the Recovery College across Western Australia. HelpingMinds has partnered with a group of organisations to roll out the Recovery College across Western Australia making it accessible to people across regional areas.

The Western Australian Recovery College will be person centred and complement existing mental health, alcohol and other drug support services. It will enable self-directed recovery, and mental health, alcohol and other drug 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.

The curriculum and courses will be co-designed and co-delivered by people with lived experience of mental health, alcohol and other drug issues as a consumer, family member or carer, and professionals.

Courses will be available to anyone wanting to learn more about improving mental health, and issues related to alcohol and other drug use.

The college will operate using a hub and satellite design which will be progressively rolled out across the State.

It is anticipated course co-design will commence soon with the first courses available in the hub and selected satellites in the second half of 2020.

A draft model of service was developed for the Recovery College in 2018 by an independent Expert Panel and the Mental Health Commission, in consultation with consumers, families and carers, non-government organisations and health service providers.

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

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.

Recovery College Information Session - Recap

Recovery College Information Session - Full Presentation

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

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 recoverycollege@mhc.wa.gov.a

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