The Act promotes voluntary treatment where ever possible and focuses on recovery.
In particular, our service aligns with these principles for mental health services:
- they are to be delivered in the least restrictive way possible
- they will promote recovery and full participation in community life
- people who are subject to compulsory treatment have the right to take part in decisions about their own assessment, treatment and recovery
- respect for the rights, dignity and autonomy of people with a mental illness.
Making these principles a reality means our service aims to:
- give you every opportunity to have an active role in working towards your own recovery
- respect your dignity and autonomy
- respond to you as an individual
- support you to develop the skills and knowledge so that you will continue to be able to take control of your own treatment and recovery.
A focus on recovery
Our service is also guided by the Australian National Standards for Mental Health Services approach to recovery. These emphasise hope, self-determination, self-management, and empowerment.
Recovery is defined in the Standards as:
- a unique and personal journey
- a normal human process
- an ongoing experience and not the same as an end point or cure
- a journey rarely taken alone
- nonlinear—frequently interspersed with both achievement and setbacks.
In practice this means our approach will be to support a holistic approach to recovery that is:
- led by you as an individual
- based on your individual preferences, needs, experiences, aspirations and strengths
- focused on resilience, choice, hope, empowerment and social inclusion.
Reviewed 01 September 2023