Evidence-based approach

Evidence-based approach

Evidence-based approach

A study by the University of Melbourne of Youth Prevention and Recovery Care services such as Orygen Recovery found the service model shows promise with young people experiencing mental health challenges, particularly in improving the range and availability of options across a spectrum of need. High levels of satisfaction were reported, and key features emphasised were:

  • a safe and welcoming environment for residents and families;
  • provision of person-centred care;
  • promotion of autonomy and self-help;
  • informal interactions with staff allowing for formation of naturalistic relationships;
  • time spent with other young people with similar experiences; and
  • assurance upon exit that the ‘door is always open.’

The outcomes described included:

  • improved resilience;
  • better understanding of mental health;
  • the importance of seeking help; and
  • stronger connections to therapeutic services.

Longer and multiple stays were associated with progressive and sustained change. Family members and stakeholders widely reported that the service fills a gap between community services and acute inpatient mental health hospital wards.


Green R, Mitchell P, Lee, K, Svensson E, Toh J, Barentsen C, Copeland M, Newton JR, Hawke K, Brophy L. Key features of an innovative sub-acute residential service for young people experiencing mental ill health.  BMC Psychiatry 19, 311 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-019-2303-4