What is Recovery Camp?

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

Recovery Camp also provides support for carers of people with a mental illness and continuing professional development opportunities for practicing health professionals.

Our aim

Recovery Camp aims to be the leading provider of evidence-based, experiential learning of mental health recovery for future health staff and people with a lived experience of mental illness.

Our mission

That through their experience at Recovery Camp, students and people with lived experience realize their personal strengths and their contribution to the mental health recovery of others.

What happens at Recovery Camp?

People with a mental illness, health students and health professionals spend a week together at an outdoors adventure recreation camp and participate in a structured recovery-oriented activities program.

Activities can include a flying fox, a giant swing, rock climbing, archery, tai chi, bush dancing, orienteering, tie-dying, team initiatives, a high-ropes course, an obstacle course, and more. The program is designed to challenge, build camaraderie, and provide opportunities for attendees to learn from one another.

Every camp provides health students with the best opportunity to learn and understand mental health and recovery, and creates an environment that challenges, supports and empowers people with lived experience of mental illness.

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 health students (nursing, psychology, exercise science, nutrition and dietetic students) with over 26,000 hours of mental health professional experience placement.

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

Recovery Camp is a program available nationwide.

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

 

LtoR: Dr Renee Brighton, Dr Dana Perlman, Ellie Taylor, Christopher Patterson, Professor Lorna Moxham