Independent Mental Health Advocacy - An Independent Evaluation

Maylea, C, Alvarez-Vasquez, S, Dale, M, Hill, N, Johnson, B, Martin, J, Thomas, S and Weller, P 2018, 'Independent Mental Health Advocacy - An Independent Evaluation', in Hear the Whisper, Not the Roar: Proceedings of the 28th The MHS Conference 2018, Adelaide, 29/8/18-31/08/18, pp. 1-9.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Independent Mental Health Advocacy - An Independent Evaluation
Author(s) Maylea, C
Alvarez-Vasquez, S
Dale, M
Hill, N
Johnson, B
Martin, J
Thomas, S
Weller, P
Year 2018
Conference name Hear the Whisper, Not the Roar: 28th MHS Conference 2018
Conference location Adelaide
Conference dates 29/8/18-31/08/18
Proceedings title Hear the Whisper, Not the Roar: Proceedings of the 28th The MHS Conference 2018
Publisher The MHS Learning Network
Place of publication Balmoral, NSW
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Abstract Background: Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) is a non-legal representational form of advocacy run by Victorian Legal Aid (VLA) that promotes the rights of consumers subject to or at risk of compulsory treatment. This paper details findings of an evaluation of IMHA conducted by RMITs Social and Global Studies Centre. Methods: The evaluation was co-produced with consumers. A mix-method approach was employed with a combination of qualitative interviews and focus group discussion with key stakeholders and survey-based data. Results: Three emergent themes were identified: stakeholders value IMHAs advocacy; stakeholders have a low awareness of advocacy; and, stake holders do not understand IMHA. Conclusion: To improve the uptake and penetration of IMHA several recommendations are identified: IMHA should be given statutory powers; IMHA needs to be adequately resourced; better internal and sector level data is required; and more work is needed to raise awareness of IMHA.
Subjects Social Program Evaluation
Mental Health
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