Examination of the effect of a TR intervention on people’s engagement with mental health services
About the project
Mental health is a growing area of concern and has been a national government health priority area since 1996. It has local, national and global impacts. Therapeutic recreation (TR) is an intervention designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities. TR, as a means of enhancing the lives of people living with mental illness, has been embraced in the USA. However, within Australia, the concept has yet to be fully accepted. This project will further research of TR by studying the effect of a TR intervention on people’s engagement with mental health services.
The aim of the project is to examine the possible effect a TR intervention may have on people’s engagement with local mental health services. The study will focus on the local regions of the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.
About the researchers
This project brings a number of disciplines together.
Christopher Patterson is a lecturer within the UOW, School of Nursing, Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Dr Dana Perlman is a senior lecturer within the UOW, School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences
Dr Renee Brighton is a senior lecturer within the UOW, School of Nursing, Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health (drug
Brendan McAlister is the Integration Development Coordinator within the UOW, Sydney Business School, AHSRI, Centre for Health Research Illawarra