- Information sessions will be held in April to provide the community with information on Recovery Colleges
- An expert panel in mental health, alcohol and other drugs has been appointed to oversee the co-design of a model of service
The McGowan Government, as part of its Recovery College election commitment, has appointed an expert panel made up of members with various backgrounds in mental health, alcohol and other drugs, to progress the development of a Recovery College model for Western Australia.
A Western Australian Recovery College will complement existing mental health, alcohol and other drug support services, by delivering self-directed recovery and learning opportunities in a safe and welcoming environment.
The panel will be co-chaired by Joe Calleja, the former CEO of Richmond Wellbeing, and Tandi Kuwana, a registered mental health nurse. Both have more than 10 years' experience working in the mental health sector.
Together, they will oversee the development of the Recovery College model of service for Western Australia, in conjunction with stakeholders, including the Mental Health Commission.
Community information sessions on Recovery Colleges will be hosted by the Mental Health Commission today and tomorrow (April 11). Visit http://www.mhc.wa.gov.au/recoverycolleges for more information.
Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The State Government is committed to providing more options to individuals experiencing mental health and co-occurring alcohol and other drug issues.
"A Western Australian Recovery College will aim to help an individual's recovery through an education-based platform and by reducing stigma related to mental health, alcohol and other drug issues.
"This panel consists of a range of representatives from different backgrounds which all bring a unique perspective. I expect the expert panel and development process will drive change and fresh thinking into a new Recovery College model of service for Western Australia."
Minister's office - 6552 6500