Publication Details

Panesar, N., Valachova, I., Lynch, W. & Pai, N. (2011). Establishing a recovery-focused rehabilitation unit: a case example. The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 17 (1), 46-53.


This study highlights lessons learnt from establishing a new recovery-focused inpatient rehabilitation unit in a typical regional city of New South Wales. We have learnt that the most important aspects are recruitment, retention and training of dedicated staff and a belief that recovery is possible. Strategies employed to meet the challenges of integrating a recovery-based practice into this type of setting may be transferable to other new services or existing services of a similar nature. We have provided a summary of standard outcome measures reflecting the performance of the unit for the first 2 years of functioning.