Improving Value in Healthcare: The Value and Role of Peer Support for Families and Young People - 6 October 2021 at 12:30pm (AEDT)


Consumer engagement is central to clinical care in the Eating Disorder Service at Perth Children’s Hospital.
Lived Experience workers offer support to consumers through inspiring hope throughout recovery, increase in engagement, reduction of stigma and an increase of understanding, for the team, of the recovery journey of families engaging in treatment.
The value of peer workers to the service is clear by the evidence of reduced hospital stays, better engagement in treatment and improvements in service responsiveness, safety, and effectiveness.
To support lived experience workers, it is important that sound implementation of standards and guidelines are put in place along with training, supervision, and support to enable them to work to the best of their capacity and to retain their expertise in the workforce.

About the Presenters:

Alison Parkinson, Peer Support Coordinator
Perth Children’s Hospital

Alison Parkinson is a Peer Support Coordinator at CAHS Eating Disorder Service located at Perth Children’s Hospital.  She has been a strong advocate for the role and benefit peer support in treating teams for the past 6 years.  Committee Member, co-President, President of Bridges Eating Disorder Association of Western Australia,2017 -2021.  Facilitator of the Eating Disorders Families Australia Strive Peer support groups WA, 2019 -2021

Alex Nicol, Service Manager
Perth Children’s Hospital

Alex Nicol is the service manager for the Eating Disorders Service at the Perth Children’s Hospital. He has a background in service redesign and has worked intensely with consumers in the co-design and co-delivery of mental health services.

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