"Recovery isn’t about getting back to how you were before,
it's about building something new" Anonymous



A collaborative community based approach to recovery that reflects and supports the dignity, equality and participation of all people.


To provide connections and links within the community to support individual recovery and wellness.


The values of the FNQ Partners In Recovery program reflect the values of the Lead Agency, Centacare FNQ, and incorporate the principles of the National Standards for Mental Health Services 2010, including:

  • Human Dignity: all people are equal in dignity and have equal rights. Those most directly affected by a decision or policy should have a key role in the decision-making.
  • Solidarity: a shared vision to empower people to reach their full potential.
  • Special claim of people who are most in need: recognises that achieving equity for consumers means that some people may require additional assistance.
  • The Common Good and Community: our dignity and rights are fulfilled in our relationship with others in the community. We are connected with other people and we value the rights and aspirations of others and the wellbeing of all.

Principles of the National Standards for Mental Health Services 2010:

  • 1. Uniqueness of the Individual

    • Recovery is not necessarily about cure but is about having opportunities for choices and living a meaningful, satisfying and purposeful life and being a valued member of the community
    • Recovery outcomes are personal and unique for each individual and go beyond an exclusive health focus to include an emphasis on social inclusion and quality of life
    • Empowers individuals so they recognise that they are at the centre of the care they receive.
  • 2. Real Choices

    • Supports and empowers individuals to make their own choices about how they want to lead their lives and acknowledges choices need to be meaningful and creatively explored
    • Supports individuals to build on their strengths and take as much responsibility for their lives as they can at any given time
    • Ensures that there is a balance between duty of care and support for individuals to take positive risks and make the most of new opportunities.
  • 3. Attitudes and Rights

    • Listening to, learning from and acting upon communications from the individual and their carers about what is important to each individual
    • Promotes and protects individual’s legal, citizenship and human rights
    • Supports individuals to maintain and develop social, recreational, occupational and vocational activities which are meaningful to the individual
    • Instils hope in an individual’s future and ability to live a meaningful life.
  • 4. Dignity and Respect

    • Consists of being courteous, respectful and honest in all interactions
    • Involves sensitivity and respect for each individual, particularly for their values, beliefs and culture
    • Challenges discrimination and stigma wherever it exists within our own services or the broader community.
  • 5. Partnership and Communication

    • Acknowledges each individual is an expert on their own life and that recovery involves working in partnership with individuals and their carers to provide support in a way that makes sense to them
    • Values the importance of sharing relevant information and the need to communicate clearly to enable effective engagement
    • Involves working in positive and realistic ways with individuals and their carers to help them realise their own hopes, goals and aspirations.
  • 6. Evaluating Recovery

    • Ensures and enables continuous evaluation of recovery based practice at several levels
    • Individuals and their carers can track their own progress
    • Services demonstrate that they use the individual’s experiences of care to inform quality improvement activities
    • Report on key outcomes that indicate recovery including (but not limited to) housing, employment, education and social and family relationships as well as health and well being measures.
  • For more information

    regarding the National Standards for Mental Health Services, CLICK HERE.