Position statement: Recovery-oriented care

This position statement outlines the benefits of recovery-oriented approaches to mental healthcare.
Recovery reflects a person’s unique circumstances associated with their mental health journey. Recovery-oriented care supports a person by putting their background, needs, strengths and experiences at the centre of their care. Recovery-oriented care therefore comprises a range of complementary practices adaptable to an individual’s recovery journey.


Key principles:

1. Recovery-oriented care places lived experience of consumers and their family, friends and supporters at the centre of care, promoting person-centred, collaborative relationships that support a person to build and maintain a meaningful life.

2. The delivery of recovery-oriented care includes promoting and facilitating practices that recognise one’s wellbeing and recovery through their goals, wishes and aspirations.

3. Person-centred care recognises the needs and preferences of individuals, and the knowledge that they bring to their mental health journey.

4. Holistic care recognises and delivers a coordinated response to all of a person’s wellbeing needs.

5. Strengths-based care promotes cultures of hope which are essential to fostering environments that support a person’s recovery journey.

6. Trauma-informed care recognises, respects and responds to the prevalence of trauma and its effects across all aspects of a person’s life.

7. Relational recovery emphasises the interpersonal needs of recovery by recognising family, friends and social relationships as determinants and enablers of recovery.

8. Family-inclusive care incorporates the valuable insights, knowledge and support that families, carers and supporters can bring to a person’s recovery journey.

9. Culturally appropriate care enhances the quality, safety and suitability of care for people from all cultural backgrounds.

10. Evidence-based care integrates research, practical expertise and a person’s values to provide services that maximise outcomes for consumers.


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