Developing a model for peer support in emergency departments

Improving supports for people experiencing mental distress in emergency departments

Emergency departments are often poorly equipped, in relation to the physical environment, knowledge and personnel, to respond appropriately to people who present with mental distress. There is good evidence that peer workers improve people’s experience of mental health services by using their personal experiences of distress and recovery to support others.

This project will identify the optimal role for peer workers in emergency departments. It will co-produce an innovative service model drawing on research evidence in mental health and the built environment, stakeholder perspectives, and expertise from lived experience. This model will complement current innovations in peer roles and emergency settings.

Dr Lisa Brophy [Centre for Mental Health]

Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton [Centre for Psychiatric Nursing]

Dr Andrew Martel [Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning]

Dr Nicole Hill [Department of Social Work]

Professor David Castle [Department of Psychiatry]

Anthony Stratford [Mind Australia]

Dr Sally Buchanan Hagen [Deakin University]

Professor Larry Davidson [Yale University]

Louise Byrne [RMIT University]

For information about this project, please contact:

Lisa Brophy
Centre for Mental Health
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Phone: +61 3 8344 0664

Email: lbrophy@unimelb.edu.au