How could mental health peer support workers improve emergency departments?

The emergency department sign at the Royal Melbourne HospitalNew research by PhD candidate Helena Roennfeldt, University of Melbourne; Dr Nicole Hill and CPN Director Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton, University of Melbourne with Professor Lisa Brophy and Dr Catherine Marshall from La Trobe University; suggests that  people in mental distress seeking help at an Emergency Department would benefit from peer-support workers who understand their experience

The work funded by Melbourne Social Equity Institute investigates the role peer support workers are playing within Emergency Departments and how their role may prove vital in supporting people using recovery-orientated ways or working.

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