Although the increased engagement had not yet translated into significant increases in DAA treatment, Sinead was confident that this may occur in the coming year. Moreover, the increased engagement was seen as inherently valuable from a patient-centred care perspective, especially in light of the multiple known treatment engagement barriers, including stigma. As a fellow Nurse Practitioner, the model has inspired consideration of employing a similar model within the community mental health and addiction space. The highlight of the presentation was the opportunity to hear from the peer worker John. It was immediately clear how his passionate and compelling story had increased consumer engagement around the clinic.
There was no sense of hierarchy between the value of the NP and peer worker roles. Both clinicians provided a unique and invaluable collaborative contribution to this fantastic model.
Author Bio: Rebeccca Brereton is a Nurse Practitioner working at Alfred community Mental & Addiction Health in Melbourne.