What is a Recovery Camp camp?

Recovery Camp is our premier program, changing lives and the future of mental health care.

Recovery Camp is a clinical placement option (otherwise known as professional experience placement) for health students, and an empowering, recovery-oriented experience for people living with a mental illness.

Students and people with lived experience of mental illness come together for a 5-day camp, supported by Registered Nurse facilitators.

Our camps have been running since 2013, and are evidence-based, and award-winning.

What happens at a Recovery Camp?

People with a mental illness, health students, and Registered Nurse facilitators spend 4 nights, 5 days together at an outdoor therapeutic recreation camp.

Everyone participates together in a fun, structured recovery-oriented activities program.

And don't worry - we sleep in air-conditioned cabins, not tents!

The program, designed by Professor Lorna Moxham and Dr. Christopher Patterson from the University of Wollongong, focuses on building connection and community, to provide opportunities for attendees to learn from one another.

Activities include flying fox, giant swing, rock climbing, archery, tai chi, bush dancing, orienteering, craft, team initiatives, a high-ropes course, an obstacle course, and more.

Every camp provides health students with the best opportunity to learn and understand mental health and recovery, because they hear directly from people who have experienced it.

How it works

Recovery Camp works by focusing on strengths, and by promoting empowerment, hope, choice, and well-being.

Each Recovery Camp is designed to be a collaborative program where health students and people with a mental illness contribute in equal measure to the experience. Attendees learn from and with one another.

Recovery Camp so far

Since 2013, Recovery Camps have had a profound impact on the well-being and recovery experience of people with a mental illness. We now have a family of over 500 people who have attended camp for their own mental health recovery.

At the same time, Recovery Camp has provided over 1000 health students (nursing, psychology, exercise science, nutrition, and dietetic students) with over 80,000 hours of mental health professional experience placement.

For more details on the success and impact of Recovery Camp, see Stories and Impact.

Contact us if you would like more information. 

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