What is a Recovery Camp camp?

Recovery Camp is a life-changing, evidence-based, and award-winning program for health students and people with lived experience of mental illness.

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

It also provides respite for carers of people with a mental illness and continuing professional development opportunities for practising health professionals.

What happens at a Recovery Camp?

People with a mental illness, health students and health professionals spend 4 nights, 5 days together at an outdoor therapeutic recreation camp and participate in a structured recovery-oriented activities program. Don't worry - it's in cabins, not tents!

The program focuses on conversation, 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. An environment that challenges, supports and empowers people with lived experience of mental illness is created.

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.

Recovery Camps have provided over 900 health students (nursing, psychology, exercise science, nutrition and dietetic students) with over 72,000 hours of mental health professional experience placement.

For more details on the success and impact of Recovery Camp, see Stories and Evidence & Awards.

Recovery Camp is a program available nationwide.

Contact us if you would like more information about Recovery Camp. 

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SDG global-goals

We are contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the following ways:


SDG 3 Good Health

-Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being

Treatment and promotion of mental health and well-being.


SDG 4 Quality Education

- Goal 4: Quality Education

Education that is disability sensitive and provides safe, nonviolent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all.


SDG 10 Reduced Inequality

- Goal 10: Reduce Inequalities

Empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.