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The Recovery Library is an online repository of resources to support Victorian mental health services to actively engage with the Framework for recovery-oriented practice (Department of Health and Human Services 2011), to share high-quality resources and to support a service culture of ongoing practice development around recovery values. The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services funded the development of the Recovery Library website and contracted the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing (CPN) of the University of Melbourne to manage the project.

A diverse range of resources was gathered from clinical and community-managed services that were identified as innovators in relation to recovery-oriented practice. The CPN visited these services and engaged in an iterative and collaborative process of identifying resources that the services routinely use and regard highly, and which align with a set of criteria and values determined by the coproduced project team. These criteria included: the presence of consumer involvement in the selection, adoption or use of the resource, strong themes of self-determination, recognition of a social and familial context, use of strengths-based language and a perspective beyond a biomedical model.

The resources presented in the Recovery Library are mapped against the nine domains of the Framework for recovery-oriented practice. An additional domain pertaining to Growing Consumer Leadership was also developed as part of the formation of the Recovery Library, as this was a gap identified in the process of gathering and collating resources.

The resources are complemented by relevant links and multimedia resources, primarily filmed excerpts of thoughts and reflections of some of Victoria’s leading innovative thinkers and change agents in relation to recovery-oriented practice in mental health.

The Recovery Library can be accessed at recoverylibrary.unimelb.edu.au

Victorian mental health professionals are invited to embrace, utilise and further develop this Recovery Library in an effort to continually improve the quality of people’s experiences of using mental health services.

The Recovery Library is intended to be a living and dynamic resource. If you have resources you would like considered for inclusion on this website, please forward them to: cpn-info@unimelb.edu.au