Collaboration in care with family carers of patients admitted to the Jamie Larcombe Centre

Sharon Lawn, Elaine Waddell, Janne McMahon, Taryn Cowain

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Family carers have a unique and valuable role in mental health recovery, given that recovery occurs in the person’s daily life and relationships. Carers are key sources of knowledge and information about the person’s symptoms, physical and social needs; they know the person both well and unwell, they are able to identify early signs of relapse and are the primary source of ongoing support. However, carers also have their own needs for support which, if not addressed, can undermine their capacity to care and enable recovery. The importance and benefits of partnerships between mental health service providers, consumers and family and friends in a caring role are embedded in mental health legislation and policies. However, there remains a significant gap in practice in involving family carers effectively in the care process in mental health services.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBedford Park, SA
PublisherFlinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit
Number of pages75
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • family carers
  • Mental Illness
  • Partnership Standards
  • Clinical staff


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