Recovery Camp is a provider of professional experience placement for health students. Since 2013 Recovery Camp has provided over 26,000 hours of professional experience placement for students of Nursing, Psychology, Exercise Science, and Nutrition and Dietetics.
In 2017 Recovery Camp won a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, at the Department of Education and Training, Australian Awards for University Teaching.
To date, Recovery Camp has partnered with the following universities to provide clinical placement for their students:
- University of Wollongong
- Charles Sturt University
- University of Tasmania
- University of New England
Contact Recovery Camp for more information about how the program learning outcomes can map with your curriculum and learning objectives, or to discuss a Student Placement Agreement.
About the program
Recovery Camp operates as a recreation camp. People with a mental illness, health students and health professionals spend a week together participating in a structured recovery-oriented activities program underpinned by the principles of therapeutic recreation. At camp, students learn how activity and recreation can be used to work with someone in a recovery-oriented way.
For universities and health students, Recovery Camp addresses issues associated with the limited number of mental health placements available, as well as the provision of professional experience which is truly recovery-oriented. Recovery Camp delivers students a firsthand experience of a recovery-oriented setting that they have learned about in the theoretical components of their courses.
Nursing students are facilitated by Registered Nurses, supplied by Recovery Camp, at a ratio of 1:8. Facilitators attend Recovery Camp alongside the students, and work with the students throughout the week to complete their professional experience placement portfolios. Facilitators for students from health degrees other than nursing can also be arranged.
Research indicates that attendance at Recovery Camp better prepares health students them for future health practice by significantly:
- increasing their clinical confidence and competence to work in a mental health setting, and
- reducing their stigmatising attitudes towards people with mental illness.
Recovery Camps are available to universities and other learning institutions who are seeking innovative, evidence-based professional experience placement opportunities for their health students.
Please use the contact form to get in touch with us or call Christopher Patterson on 0404707848