Learning opportunities through camping for mental health nursing

Document Type



School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan


The impetus for this innovative and powerful learning experience came from the shortage of appropriate mental health placements experienced in the Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing) course at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, and follows the authors' beliefs that:
A community mental health facility can be jointly run by a university and traditional mental health services and can offer to members of the local community a means of providing respite care
Clinical experience is often hindered in hospital environments by not belonging to the team, and the red tape and routines that, although important to the therapeutic team, inhibit or waste hours for students; and
Students' knowledge, attitudes, and skills in dealing with mentally ill people will be improved by a carefully structured intensive clinical experience


This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

Publication (Name of Journal)

Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services