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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.
Year: 1997
Type: Conference Paper

Abstract:

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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