Evidence Base

We know that Recovery Camp has a profound effect on all who attend!

Published, peer-reviewed research shows that Recovery Camp increases student clinical confidence and clinical competence and decreases stigmatizing attitudes, compared to other workplace experience placements.

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Awards

Recovery Camp has received a number of awards:

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Publications

  1. Brighton, R., Patterson, C., Taylor, E., Moxham, L.,  Perlman, D., Sumskis, S. & Heffernan, T.  (2017). The Effect of Respite Services on Carers of Individuals With Severe Mental Illness. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 54(12), 33-38
  2. Cowley, T., Moxham, L., Sumskis, S., Taylor, E., Patterson, C., Brighton, R., & Halcomb, E. (2016). Evaluation of undergraduate nursing students’ clinical confidence following a mental health recovery camp. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 25(1), 33-41.
  3. Cregan, A., Moxham, L., & Perlman, D. (2016). Where are the mental health nurses?Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 23(10), 41.
  4. Moxham, L., Liersch-Sumskis, S., Taylor, E., Patterson, C., & Brighton, R. (2015). Preliminary outcomes of a pilot therapeutic recreation camp for people with a mental illness: Links to recovery. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 49(1), 61-75.
  5. Moxham, L., Patterson, C., Taylor, E., Perlman, D., Sumskis, S., Brighton, R., & Pegg, S. (2016). A multidisciplinary learning experience contributing to mental health rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 12, 1-6.
  6. Moxham, L., Pegg, S., Liersch, S., Perlman, D., Brighton, R., Patterson, C., & Taylor, E. (2015). Building clinical confidence and skills: A placement with a difference. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 22(8), 35.
  7. Moxham, L., Sumskis, S., Brighton, R., Johnston, E., Douglas, A., Gorman, E. & Hayes, G. (2014). Contributing to recovery from a multidisciplinary lens: A case study from a therapeutic recreation initiative. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 23(Suppl. 1), 28-28.
  8. Moxham, L., Taylor, E., Patterson, C., Perlman, D., Brighton, R., Heffernan, T. & Sumskis, S. (2017).Goal Setting among People Living with Mental Illness: A Qualitative Analysis of Recovery Camp, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38, 420-424
  9. Moxham, L., Taylor, E., Patterson, C., Perlman, D., Brighton, R., Sumskis, S., Keough, E., & Heffernan, T. (2016). Can a clinical placement influence stigma? An analysis of measures of social distance. Nurse Education Today, 44, 170-174.
  10. Patterson, C., Moxham, L., Brighton, R., Taylor, E., Sumskis, S., Perlman, D., Heffernan, T. & Hadfield, L. (2016). Nursing students’ reflections on the learning experience of a unique mental health clinical placement. Nurse Education Today, 46, 94-98.
  11. Patterson, C., Moxham, L., Taylor, E., Perlman, D., Brighton, R., Sumskis, S., Heffernan, T. & Lee-Bates, B (2017). The effect of immersive workplace experience on undergraduate nurses mental health clinical confidence. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, DOI: 10.1111/inm.12288
  12. Patterson, C., Moxham, L., Taylor, E., Sumskis, S., Perlman, D., Brighton, R., Heffernan, T., & Keough, E. (2016). Perceived control among people with severe mental illness: A comparative study. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, DOI: 10.1016/j.apnu.2016.04.002
  13. Perlman, D., Brighton, R., Patterson, C., Moxham, L., Taylor, E., Sumskis, S. & Heffernan, T. (2017). Stigmatization and self‐determination of preregistration nurses: A path analysisInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing, DOI: 10.1111/inm.12336
  14. Perlman, D., Patterson, C., Moxham, L., Taylor, E., Brighton, R., Sumskis, S. & Heffernan, T. (2017) Preparing Nursing Students for Mental Health Care: The Impact of a Recovery-oriented Clinical PlacementIssues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(8), 663-668
  15. Perlman, D., Patterson, C., Moxham, L., Taylor, E., Brighton, R., Sumskis, S. & Heffernan, T. (2017). Understanding the influence of resilience for people with a lived experience of mental illness: A self‐determination theory perspective. Disability and rehabilitation, 39(1), 98-103
  16. Perlman, D., Taylor, E., Moxham, L., Patterson, C.,  Brighton, R., Heffernan, T. & Sumskis, S. (2017). Innovative Mental Health Clinical Placement: Developing Nurses' Relationship SkillsJournal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 55(2), 36-43
  17. Picton, C., Moxham, L., & Patterson, C. (2016). Therapeutic recreation for people with a mental illness is beneficial. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 23(10), 39.
  18. Taylor, E., Moxham, L., Perlman, D., Patterson, C., Brighton, R., & Sumskis, S. (2016). Self-determination in the context of mental health recovery. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 23(10), 41.
  19. Taylor, E., Perlman, D., Moxham, L., Pegg, S., Brighton, R., & Sumskis, S. (2016). Recovery Camp: Assisting consumers towards enhanced self-determination. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, DOI: 10.1111/inm.12227.

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Conference Presentations

Alford, S., Perlman, D., Sumskis, S., Moxham, L., Patterson, C., Brighton, R., Taylor, E., & Heffernan, T. (2016, 7-8 October). Psychological Needs in a Physiological world? How can we hope to breathe under water? Paper presented at the National Diversional Therapy Australia Conference: Navigating an Inspired Future, Sydney, Australia.

Sumskis, S., Moxham, L., Heffernan, T., Brighton, R., Perlman, D., Taylor, e., Patterson, C. (2016, 23 - 26 August). Yes I Can! Recovery Camp's contribution to physical and emotional wellbeing for people with lived experience of mental illness. Paper presented at TheMHS Conference: People, Authenticity starts in the heart, Auckland, New Zealand.

Moxham, L., Taylor, E., Perlman, D., Patterson, C., Brighton, R., Sumskis, S., & Pegg, S. (2015, 14-16 October). Watering the seeds of holistic care: A case study of an intradisciplinary immersive mental health clinical placement. Paper presented at The National Nursing Forum, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Brighton, R., Moxham, L., Pegg, S., Taylor, E., Patterson, C., Sumskis, S., & Perlman, D. (2015, 6-9 October). Caregiver perspective of experiencing the opportunity to ‘have a break.’ Paper presented at the 41st International Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Conference: Mental Health Nurses: Shifting Culture, Leading Change, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Moxham, L., Pegg, S., Perlman, D., Sumskis, S., Patterson, C., Brighton, R., & Taylor, E. (2015, 13 August). Using the power of recreation to create a therapeutic milieu that works for mental health consumers. Paper presented at the 16th International Mental Health Conference: Mental Health Future For All, Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia.

Perlman, D., Moxham, L., Taylor, E., Patterson, C., Brighton, R., Pegg, S., & Sumskis, S. (2015, 21 July). Recovery Camp: A value-add clinical experience that promotes holistic and meaningful student learning. Poster presented at the Learning, Teaching and Curriculum Forum, Wollongong, Australia.

Moxham, L., Taylor, E., Patterson, C., Sumskis, S., Brighton, R., Pegg, S., & Perlman, D. (2015, 29-30 June). Interdisciplinary capstone course: Synthesizing theory and practice through an innovative mental health clinical placement. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual World Nursing Conference, Singapore.

Taylor, E., Moxham, L., Brighton, R., Patterson, C., Sumskis, S., Pegg, S., & Perlman, D. (2015, 20-22 May). Overcoming student mental health stigma: A therapeutic recreation initiative in the Australian bush. Paper presented at the RPNC World Congress for Psychiatric Nurses, Banff, AB, Canada.

Moxham, L., Sumskis S., Brighton, R., Johnston, E., Gorman, E., & Hayes, G. (2014, 7-9 October). Contributing to recovery from a multidisciplinary lens: A case study from a therapeutic recreation initiative. Paper presented at the 40th International Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Conference: Honouring the Past, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Brighton, R. M., Patterson, C. F., Liersch, S., Moxham, L., Froggatt, T. & Butler, I. (2013, 22-24 October). Reflections from academic mental health RNs: Collaborating with people experiencing mental illness. Paper presented at the 39th International Mental Health Nursing: Collaboration and Partnerships in Mental Health Nursing, Perth, WA, Australia.

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Media

Inspiring Students to Examine Their Attitudes Toward Mental Illness, Research Australia, INSPIRE Magazine, 2017

Strength in student learning elevated at national awards, UOW media release, September 2017

Tackling Mental Illness with R&R: Research and Recovery, Research Australia, November, 2016

Placement on the path to recovery, The Stand, November, 2016

Australian first camp to tackle mental illness, UOW media release, May 7, 2015

Cosi at Roo Theatre, Kiama Independent, March 19, 2015

Dragons’ Dan Hunt shows his support for mental health, Global Challenges Blog, May 19, 2014

Back to nature: the healing power of recovery camp, Illawarra Mercury, April 25, 2014

UOW recognised as a national leader in mental health nursing, UOW media release, November 29, 2013

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