The evaluation of a peer-led recovery group 2013
Inner South Community Health Service (ISCHS)
Presenters: Gaby Pivet, Craig Wallace, & Dominic Hwang
Background: A peer-led recovery group (the group) was initiated to enhance the peer support framework in line with the ISCHS strategic plan 2011-2016. The effectiveness of peer run groups is internationally acknowledged as a new form of intervention to promote recovery. Furthermore, participants in Coffee club, a socializing group in ISCHS, highlighted the need for
their own additional space to talk about their own issues in depth in a safe environment.
Aim of the group: The group aims to increase the ability of participants to enhance life satisfaction through sharing life journey and enhance their wellbeing beyond the limits imposed
by mental ill health. To achieve the purpose of the group there are six key objectives. Participants are expected to (1) increase motivation and hope, (2) increase confidence and strengths, (3) reshape their identity, (4) increase social network, (5) have a good understanding of recovery principles and recovery approach and (6) utilize recourse effectively and efficiently.