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Professional power and resistance to reform in housing people with a mental illness

Tapestry: Weaving the Threads Together

Author: Moxham, L., Wilson, C.
Type: Conference Paper
Year: 1997


The authors assert that housing people with a mental illness appropriately so that their illness is not exacerbated and empowerment and autonomy are fostered requires a relinquishment of professional power. The public health care professionals and policy makers need to adopt a new attitude to mental illness. The idea of the helpless psychiatric patient who needs the professional provision of mental health services must be replaced with a view of independent people with rights and responsibilities who require special support needs. Current living arrangements for people with a psychiatric disability are disempowering. One answer to this housing problem is community housing. The three major types of community housing models are described.

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Author: V. Miller, S. Robertson, K. Kellehear, M. Teesson, J. Farhall, J. Peters, C. Swendson , C. Issakidis
Pages: 199-204
Publish Location: Sydney
Publisher: The Mental Health Services Conference Inc. of Australia and New Zealand
Accession Number: 23.5.03
Notes: The Mental Health Services Conference Inc. of Australia and New Zealand, PO Box 192, Balmain NSW 2041
Keywords: cognitive, housing improvement, health improvement
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