What is Recovery Camp?
Recovery Camp delivers life-changing, evidence-based, and award-winning programs 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 those 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.
Recovery Camp aims to be a leading provider of evidence-based, experiential learning of mental health recovery for future health staff and people with a lived experience of mental illness.
That through their experience at Recovery Camp, students and people with lived experience realize their personal strengths and their contribution to the mental health and recovery of others.
What happens at a Recovery Camp?
People with a mental illness, health students and health professionals spend a week together at an outdoor therapeutic recreation camp and participate in a structured recovery-oriented activities program.
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 861 health students (nursing, psychology, exercise science, nutrition and dietetic students) with over 68,000 hours of mental health professional experience placement.
Recovery Camp is a program available nationwide.
Contact us if you would like more information about Recovery Camp.
- Recovery Discovery November 2020
- Recovery Discovery September 2020
- Recovery Discovery July 2020
- Recovery Discovery May 2020
- Recovery Discovery March 2020
We are contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the following ways:
-Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
Treatment and promotion of mental health and well-being.
- Goal 4: Quality Education
Education that is disability sensitive and provides safe, nonviolent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all.
- 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.