Participatory Action Research: current projects

 

The Participatory Action Research Stream applies its methodologies, within the Consumer Participation Program of Alfred Psychiatry, to projects that improve the quality of services of Alfred Psychiatry.
 
Each Project contains Quality Improvement cycles that are:
  1. Consumer Driven
  2. Staff / Consumer Collaborative.
  3. Quality Improvement focused.
  4. For all to participate.
  5. Supported and resourced by management.
From 2000 -2010 we have had 46 consumer co-researchers (CPP Workteam members), all renumerated for their work, but not employed, conducting these cycles of improvement. Each received experiential training for specific tasks relevant to the types of cycles they were facilitating.
 
The following table is indicative of a sample of Projects we have conducted.
 
Table 1 – Consumer participation rates for samples of activities and QI cycle utilisation.
 
Activity / Project
Number of cycles
Number of consumer participants / respondents
Ward Feedback Cards
5 for Ward 1                          
6 for Ward 2
250              
300                      
Total   550
Consumer Evaluation of CCU
1
20
Consumer Focus group – Lets talk about the Wards
1
30
Consumer Focus Group – Lets talk about the CAT Team
1
17
Consumer Focus Group – Drugs and Alcohol and Mental Health
1
10
Consumer Issues Group / Projects Reference Groups
24 at Community Clinic site 1
24 at Community Clinic site 2
120
170                       
Total   290
PARC monthly Feedback Group
36
138
PARC annual Feedback forum
3
72
Consumer Evaluation of Mobile Support and Treatment Service (MSTs)
1
60
Consumer Evaluation of Homeless Outreach Psychiatric Service (HOPS)
1
12

Some QI cycles have led to other Projects being conducted that are focused on consumer supports rather than changes and improvements to current service delivery.
 
Table 2 – Consumer participation in Consumer run Supports.
 
Activity / Project
Project Duration
Number of Consumer participants
Staff – Consumer collaboration in Treatment workbook and workshops
12 months
47 workshops conducted
470 consumer participants
Consumer Led Recovery Groups
3 x 12 week groups over 36 months
28 consumer participants

Alfred Psychiatry (Adult) has funded an external independent Evaluation of the Consumer Participation Program that will be completed by March 2012.
 
The Participatory Action Research Stream collaborates with other Research Streams and Projects of MAPrc.

 

 

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