Queensland extended care services for people with severe mental illness and the role of occupational therapy

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Munro, Jane
Palmada, Michelle
Russell, Anneliese
Taylor, Penny
Heir, Bradley
McKay, Jan
Lloyd, Chris
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2007
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Background: People with serious mental illness in Queensland who require extended rehabilitation may be treated in extended inpatient mental health services. Two of these extended inpatient services, hospital and community-based 'Extended Treatment and Rehabilitation Units (ETRUs) and Community Care Units (CCUs)', are described, including the aims, objectives, philosophy and service delivery. Methods: A quality project involving occupational therapists working in these settings, as well as a consumer and carer, provides different perspectives concerning these relatively new health services in Queensland. Results: Two main occupational therapy roles were identified: case management and occupational therapy-specific roles (including assessment and intervention). The consumer and carer perspective is also presented. Conclusion: These services provide a positive option for people with high levels of functional disability as a result of mental illness and also for their carers. They provide environments with many exciting opportunities and challenges for occupational therapists working in mental health.

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Australian Occupational Therapy Journal

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54

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4

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Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified

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