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Advocacy Matters: IMHA Independent Mental Health Advocacy

We've just turned one

We recently celebrated the first anniversary of us opening our doors on August 31, 2015. Quite a lot has happened in the last twelve months – have a look at a snapshot of our first year.

34 outposts, 229 information sessions, 2619 participants, 4,529 high-intensity services, 7,650 low-intensity services, 64.7% self-referral. The main issues consumers requested advocacy for: 22.9% participation decisions, 21.1% treatment preferences, 20.1% medication changes.
We've also established our 'Speaking from experience' consumer advisory group, and consulted with consumers to reach a better understanding of the information they need about our service. 

Read more about our first year.

Meet one of our advocates – Katie Long Davidson 

Daniel Van der Pluym
‘Feeling like you can assist people to take ownership of their mental health treatment gives you a lot of satisfaction,’ says Katie Long Davidson.

Learn more about why Katie loves her job.

Supported decision-making report now available

A consultation with consumers has helped us reach a better understanding of the information they need  to make their own decisions about their treatment and recovery.

Forty-nine consumers took part in six consultation sessions earlier this year. 

We heard from them that they experienced clinical inpatient environments as often being ‘scary’ or ‘intimidating’.

They experienced further difficulties in making decisions about their own treatment because of a lack of clear information, as well as sometimes cognitive difficulties caused by the medications they were on.

Read more about the report.


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