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A National Framework for Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services - Policy and Theory

Ministry of Health; Australian Government Country Resources Mental Health Policies, Mental Health Service Standards Australia 31 December 2013 Policy document mental health care, mental health service, mental health system, recovery

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This background paper is a summary of the research and policy that underpins Australia’s
national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services.

It provides an overview and definition of the concepts of recovery and lived experience. It
outlines the policy context for a move to recovery-oriented approaches and cites relevant
research. It briefly describes the practice domains and key capabilities necessary for recovery oriented practice and service delivery. It also describes the relationship of the framework to Australia’s National Standards for Mental Health Services 2010. The framework is fully articulated in A national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services: Guide for practitioners and providers available at www.health.gov.au/mentalhealth.


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