Department of Health

Working together with families and carers - Chief Psychiatrist’s Guideline

Working with the families and carers of consumers is integral to the provision of high quality specialist mental health care. Research indicates that clinical practice has focused on consumers, with carers viewed as secondary. Increasing evidence demonstrates that well-being and outcome for both consumers and carers are improved by involving families and carers. As we begin to understand the contribution that carers make in the process of recovery and relapse prevention there is a need to optimize genuine carer involvement in treatment and care. This includes participation in service planning and delivery at many levels through relevant area mental health service (AMHS) structures.


Policies and guidelines
Date published
10 Sep 2015
6 Pages

Reviewed 11 September 2015

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