Recovery Camp is an innovative and immersive clinical placement experience for students, offering the opportunity to directly engage with people living with mental illness in a unique outdoor recreation setting. Students will experience mental health care that is community-based and recovery-oriented.

Students have the opportunity to learn how to:

  • Develop, maintain and close therapeutic relationships
  • Work, communicate and interact collaboratively with people with a lived experience of mental illness and members of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Plan, implement and evaluate health care in the context of daily lived experience
  • Describe stigma and the effect it has on daily living
  • Conduct mental health assessments in a new context, and
  • Think critically and solve problems.

Research indicates that, for health students, attendance at Recovery Camp better prepares 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 Camp has partnered with the following universities to provide clinical placement for their students:

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