Funded placements are still available for health professionals to attend Recovery Camp!

Are you a health professional in the Illawarra Shoalhaven with an interest in mental health and suicide prevention?

Apply for a funded placement at Recovery Camp!

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative is funding 10 local health professionals to attend Recovery Camp, an evidence-based program for health professionals and people with lived experience of mental illness.

Recovery Camp runs for 5 days/4 nights. The funded placements cover the full cost of the camp as well as reimbursement for your time.

How does it work?

Recovery Camp is a great professional development opportunity for health professionals to work directly with people experiencing a mental illness, in a holistic, recovery-oriented program. It is evidence-based and focuses on nurturing people’s strengths.

Chris, a University of Wollongong nursing student who attended the camp in 2018, said, "Throughout the camp I was challenged by my facilitator to communicate with volunteers, which improved my ability to connect with individuals with a lived experience of mental illness. This encouragement from my facilitator enabled me to develop my skills in empathetic listening."

During the program, health professionals, students and people with a mental illness spend a week together at an outdoor recreation camp. Attendees participate in structured activities that involve problem-solving and teamwork, such as orienteering, rock climbing, archery and high-ropes courses.

One person with a lived experience of mental illness said about last year's camp: "I learnt to fully trust without fear or judgement. I felt stronger leaving, I learnt to have faith, and on the last day I was able to be roped on to the giant swing … I felt I achieved something that day, and having everyone cheer me on, I have never felt so good about myself.”

The upcoming dates for Recovery Camps in NSW are:


9th - 13th December


20th – 24th January

11th – 15th May

27th – 31st July

14th – 18th December

Apply now!

Don’t miss out on this valuable learning experience!

If you’re a health professional working in the Illawarra Shoalhaven region, or managing a number of staff in the region, you can apply via Expression of Interest (EOI).

Simply submit your answers to the following questions via email to

  1. What do you hope to gain from Recovery Camp?
  2. How do you expect this will benefit your workplace?
  3. How do you plan to champion a recovery-oriented approach in your workplace?
  4. Do you have support from your manager to attend?

For more information, go