Anne Honey

Anne Honey
The University of Sydney · Discipline of Occupational Therapy

PhD BAppSc(OT)Hons BEc

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Great controversy surrounds the use of electroconvulsive therapy or ECT. However, it continues to be used internationally. While research on short term effects of ECT abound, there is limited knowledge about long term impacts of ECT on individuals, especially from the lived experience perspective. The aim of this qualitative study was to gain an in...
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The aims of this study were to identify factors that a) predict whether people experience housing related discharge delay (HRDD) from a mental health inpatient unit; and b) predict the length of HRDD for people affected. By identifying the groups most affected by HRDD, clinicians and policy makers can prioritise and address barriers to timely disch...
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This paper explores attitudes toward dating people with disability amongst young people in Australia and Hong Kong. Data relating to disability were extracted from an e-survey that investigated young people’s (n = 2208) experiences of and attitudes toward dating. Quantitative data were analysed using descriptive statistics while open ended response...
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Introduction: Delayed discharge from inpatient mental health units is the continued hospitalisation of consumers after being assessed as ready to be discharged. This is common in adult inpatient mental health services and is usually due to a lack of appropriate housing for discharge. Research indicates a range of possible negative impacts, but no...
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Purpose This paper aims to explore the use of lived experience research in peer work. Design/methodology/approach A suite of user-friendly and engaging lived experience research resources was introduced to consumers by peer workers. In-depth interviews were conducted with 33 consumer participants and five peer workers about their experiences. The...
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Lived experience research is potentially useful for assisting the recovery journeys of people experiencing mental health challenges, when presented in user-friendly formats. Consumer peer workers are ideally placed to introduce such resources to the people they work with. This study sought to explore the perspectives of expert consumer peer workers...
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Introduction: Dating is an occupation through which people form intimate relationships with others. Despite the importance of intimate relationships for wellbeing, there is limited information available in occupational therapy literature about the activities involved in dating and little guidance for practitioners who wish to support clients from...
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WE ARE OPEN ACCESS! https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1440-1630.12778 Introduction Parenting is a valued, common and challenging adult role. Many parents, including some living with disability or difficult social circumstances, experience barriers to fulfilling their parenting roles. Yet, occupational therapy involvement in parentin...
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This paper uses secondary analysis to understand how COVID-19 shaped people’s experiences with psychosocial support services in Australia. Data are drawn from questionnaires (n = 66) and semi-structured interviews (n = 62), conducted for a national service evaluation, with 121 people living with enduring mental health conditions and using psychosoc...
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Mental health lived-experience research illuminates the perspectives and experiences of people who live with mental illness. However, little is known about how useful people with lived experience of mental illness/distress might find lived-experience research, nor what the best formats are to bring it to their attention. This paper describes the ST...
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International research indicates that delayed discharges from inpatient mental health units are common and most occur because patients lack suitable housing. However, little is known about this issue in an Australian setting. This mixed‐methods study aimed to investigate the extent, cost and contributors to housing‐related delayed discharge (HRDD)...
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INTRODUCTION - Parenting is a valued, normative and challenging adult role. Many parents, including some with disability, experience difficulties and barriers in fulfilling their parenting roles. However, occupational therapy involvement in parenting is rare. While the ‘being’, ‘becoming’ and ‘belonging’ of parenting has been studied, information a...
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Background: Lived experience research is conducted by people who have experience of mental health issues and is therefore better placed than more traditional research to illuminate participants' experiences. Findings that focus on identifying enablers of recovery from a lived experience perspective have the potential to assist people in their reco...
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The study objective was to identify the types of experiences that consumers identify as igniting and maintaining hope, and those most frequently reported. Data were collected through an anonymous online survey. Two open-ended questions elicited reflective personal accounts regarding hope-promoting experiences. Using an interpretive content analysis...
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Introduction First-year practice education placements have numerous benefits for occupational therapy students but are resource intensive. In considering alternatives, it is critical to consider students’ voices to ensure that planned experiences enable students to achieve the outcomes they value and need. This study examined undergraduate occupati...
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Parents are a critical resource in supporting young people who live with mental health problems. Qualitative research has identified that parents use a wide range of strategies to provide support. However, parents report being unsure which strategies are likely to be helpful, so often struggle in this role. Presently, little empirical evidence exis...
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Background: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a controversial treatment. Research has predominantly focused on clinician assessment of short-term efficacy and, occasionally, on participant experiences of the treatment itself. While service user accounts of the long-term impacts of ECT are reported, they are dispersed throughout the literature and...
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Introduction: Occupational therapists are an integral part of Australian mental health services. Recent changes in the mental health sector mean that increasing numbers of occupational therapists now work in generic, non-profession-specific roles in non-government organisations. Previous research has identified a range of challenges faced by occup...
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Background: Mothers who live with mental illness face diverse challenges. Research suggests that partner support or otherwise is likely to have a crucial influence on mothers' abilities to manage these challenges, yet little is known about how this plays out. In this study, we aimed to explore the roles played by male partners in the mothering exp...
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Consumer-led and collaborative research is consistent with occupational therapy principles of inclusion and client-centredness, and is increasingly valued in mental health. Our research team of three occupational therapists and three consumers was funded to conduct a consumer-led mental health service evaluation. Because of a lack of previous resea...
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Objective: The purpose of this article is to explore the lived experience of having a child removed by child protection services for mothers living with mental illness. Method: This phenomenological study collected data from eight mothers through in-depth interviews. Data were analysed using interpretive phenomenological analysis. Results: The over...
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Family inclusion in treatment planning and delivery for people living with mental illness is advocated in government policy but is yet to be widely translated into practice. While external barriers have been identified, including concerns about consumers’ best interests, little is known about consumers’ own views. This study explores consumers’ exp...
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There is a need for robust outcome measures for use in psychiatric services. Particularly lacking are self-rated recovery measures with evidence of sensitivity to change. This study was established to examine the convergent validity and sensitivity to change over time (responsiveness) of the Recovery Assessment Scale - Domains and Stages (RAS-DS),...
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Many women who experience mental illness are mothers. Evidence suggests that the role of mother is of great importance and value to these women, yet they are more likely than other women to have their children removed from their care. Little is known about the experiences of these mothers after their children are removed. This paper presents a phen...
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Objective: The aim of this study was to identify aspects of the consumer-provider relationship that consumers saw as important in a care coordination service model. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted, between October 2015 and March 2016, with 20 people living with severe and persistent mental illness who used a care coordination serv...
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Secure and appropriate housing is critical for the well-being of people living with mental illness (consumers). Yet it is often difficult to achieve. Housing assistance is available, but is often difficult for consumers to access and negotiate. While the need for support is well-recognised, little is known about the active part consumers play in fi...
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Background: Recovery oriented service provisions means focusing on outcomes that are important to consumers themselves rather than to clinicians or services. Partners in Recovery (PIR) is an Australia-wide initiative designed to provide service coordination and brokerage for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. One PIR service en...
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Background The time following discharge from psychiatric hospitalisation is a high risk period. Rates of hospital readmission are high and there is increased risk for homelessness and suicide. Transitional and post-discharge support programs have demonstrated positive results in terms of enhanced wellbeing, improved connection with community-based...
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Background/Aim Internationally, mental health policy requires clinicians to shift from a medical to a recovery-oriented approach. However, there is a significant lag in the translation of policy into practice. Occupational therapists have been identified as ideally situated to be recovery-oriented yet limited research exploring how they do this exi...
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Objective: The aim of this study was to understand the strategies women living with mental illness use to balance the demands of mothering with mental health recovery. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 Australian women who self-identified as managing to balance mothering with mental health recovery. The data were analysed us...
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Background/aim: International students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds experience personal and academic challenges when studying health sciences in Australia. Given recent discussions about cultural specificity in occupational therapy and its status as an emerging profession in most Asian countries, this study aimed to explo...
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Background/Aims: Parents can be an important source of support for young people living with mental illness. Young people have the potential to shape this support to best suit their needs, however little is known about this issue. This paper explores, from the perspectives of young people, how they manage parental support and involvement. Methods: I...
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Background: Providing children and adults with opportunities to engage in manageable risk taking may be a stepping stone toward closing the gap in life conditions currently experienced by young people with disabilities. We aim to demonstrate the effectiveness of a simple, innovative program for 1) changing the way parents and teachers view managea...
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Measure of mental health recovery developed from the original RAS. Can also be found at ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/9317. Manual available and psychometric properties published: Hancock, N., Scanlan, J. N., Honey, A., Bundy, A. C., & O’Shea, K. (2014). Recovery Assessment Scale–Domains and Stages (RAS-DS): Its feasibility and outcome measur...
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IntroductionEngagement in meaningful occupations is of central importance in mental health recovery. The purpose of this study was to gain a richer understanding of the relationships between occupations, sources of meaning and recovery for people living with mental illness. Method People living with mental illness (n=78) attending an Australian Clu...
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A key aim of palliative care is to improve the quality-of-life of people with a life-threatening illness. Occupational therapists are well positioned to contribute to this aim due to their broad range of interventions, client-centeredness and focus on occupation. However, there is a limited understanding of how occupational therapy contributes to t...
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Fathers are critical in the lives of young people, including those living with mental illness. Fathers’ support may be different to that of mothers and is likely to influence the well-being of other family members. However, fathers’ support is often seen as “secondary” and little is known about the nature, diversity and impact of their involvement....
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Background/Aims: Assisting clients to achieve wellbeing, even in the presence of ongoing mental illness, should be a primary goal of mental health services. However, little is known about what wellbeing means for young people living with mental illness. The aim of this study is to explore the ways in which young Australians living with mental illne...
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Background/Aims: Assisting clients to achieve wellbeing, even in the presence of ongoing mental illness, should be a primary goal of mental health services. However, little is known about what wellbeing means for young people living with mental illness. The aim of this study is to explore the ways in which young Australians living with mental illne...
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A parent's response to a young person's mental illness can influence their recovery and wellbeing. Many parents devote considerable time and energy to supporting a young person experiencing mental illness and engage in numerous different practices to do so. Yet little is known about why parents use particular practices. This article explores this q...
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A self-report instrument of mental health recovery is needed both to facilitate collaborative, recovery-oriented practice and measure recovery-focused outcomes. The Recovery Assessment Scale - Domains and Stages (RAS-DS) has been developed to simultaneously fulfill these goals. The aim of this study was to test the feasibility and measurement prope...
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Parents of young people with mental illness use a variety of strategies to try to positively influence young people’s mental health-related behaviours. Evidence suggests that these parents can influence young people’s well-being and mental health trajectories. However little is known about how young people perceive and are affected by the strategie...
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Background Very few population-based studies have investigated the association between the onset of health conditions/impairments associated with disability and subsequent well-being. Objective/Hypothesis: To examine the association between the onset of disability and four indicators of well-being (full-time engagement in employment or education, f...
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Employment is a crucial avenue through which young people with disability can experience material wellbeing and social participation. While the low employment rates of young people with disability are well established, little is known about the stability of employment status - that is, the degree to which individuals remain in or move in and out of...
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Parenting is a critical and complex occupational role, requiring different occupations and abilities depending on the developmental stage and specific characteristics of each child. When a young adult child develops a mental illness, assisting and supporting them to overcome or adapt to the mental illness becomes a crucial aspect of this occupation...
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Research shows that people with mental illness are not enjoying the same life choices and opportunities as other Australians. As a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), Australia is obliged to monitor and report on the level and nature of disadvantage faced by Australians with disabilities....
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The purpose of this article is to review the research literature on people with psychiatric disabilities and employment outcomes. The bulk of this knowledge has been gathered using methods that rely on statistical techniques based on the notion of probability. Missing from the current knowledge base is how people with psychiatric disabilities view...
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The Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS) is a frequently used measure of recovery from mental illness but has previously been shown to poorly differentiate between more recovered consumers. This research aimed to: (1) identify components of later recovery stages; (2) ascertain the extent to which these are measured in the RAS; and (3) suggest modificati...
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To determine the extent to which the lower well-being of young Australians with disabilities could be accounted for by increased rates of exposure to adversity and reduced access to personal, economic, social and community resources. Secondary analysis of data extracted from Waves 1 (2001) to 8 (2008) of the annual longitudinal survey of Household...
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Recovery from serious mental illness refers to the attainment of a meaningful, productive, and satisfying life, regardless of the presence or absence of reoccurring symptoms. A lack of psychometrically sound instruments has thwarted attempts to measure recovery. With the goal of addressing this need, we administered the Recovery Assessment Scale (R...
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Young people with disabilities are at greater risk of having mental health problems than are their nondisabled peers. Most research about the relationship between disability and mental health has been cross-sectional and unable to identify mental health status prior to onset of disability or possible mental health pathways following disability. The...
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Young people with disabilities have poorer mental health than their non-disabled peers. However, people with disabilities are more likely than others to experience financial hardship and low social support, both of which have been linked with poor mental health outcomes. This article explores the extent to which the relatively poor mental health of...
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As noted in the preamble to the 2007 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 'persons with disabilities continue to face barriers in their participation as equal members of society and violations of their human rights in all parts of the world'. In this paper we present nationally representative data on the nature and level of dis...
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An accessible resource for anyone who wants a better understanding of anorexia nervosa. An informative guide for health professionals as well as for people with anorexia and their families.<br /
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Parents' encounters with health professionals can influence their ability to cope with having a daughter with anorexia nervosa. Using qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews with 24 parents, we examine the question "What support do parents of teenage girls with anorexia want from clinicians?" The analysis shows that parents wanted clinicians to...
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In this article, the authors trace the emergence of an institutional discourse of ethical research and interrogate its effects in constituting what ethical research is taken to be and how ethical researchers are configured. They illuminate the dissonance between this regime of truth and research practice and the implications for the injunction to r...
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In this paper we posit a radical retheorization of anorexia as a form of deviance. We examine how the disciplinary practices and moral technologies typical of contemporary secondary schooling signify and enter into the articulation of three ‘virtue discourses’ (discipline, achievement and healthism), and tease out how these ‘virtue discourses’ play...
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Research has suggested that well siblings of children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses are at risk for negative outcomes and that parents' responses to the illnesses can influence the adaptation of well siblings. Yet, parents' efforts to look after well siblings in the context of illness are rarely considered in literature about sibling...
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This qualitative study explored the perspectives of adolescent girls diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and parents about the influence of siblings on sufferers' experiences of anorexia. In-depth interviews were conducted with 24 girls and 24 parents and analysed using constant comparative methods. Findings indicated that siblings can have both a posi...
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In this article, the authors report on an interview study in which parents described the coping strategies they used to deal with the demands of having a daughter diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. They compare parents' accounts with commonly used categorizations in quantitative studies of parental coping and adjustment. The study indicates that pare...
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This qualitative study examined the range of meanings that female adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa attach to nasogastric feeding (NGF). In-depth interviews were conducted with 23 patients. Qualitative analysis revealed that patients attached four broad meanings to NGF: an unpleasant physical experience; a necessary or helpful intervention;...
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This essay offers a critical, reflective analysis of some of the sticky moral questions that can entangle feminist researchers as they work to transform a research proposal into an application for ethics committee approval. We write not as philosophers or ethicists but as feminist social scientists reflecting on our struggle to do ethical research...
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This paper examines parents' actions in response to anorexia nervosa, and how these are shaped by the ways they construct or understand the eating disorder. The findings indicate that parents try to influence their daughters by searching for help, providing practical support, avoiding confrontation, complying with special requirements, persuading,...
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In this article, the author presents the perspectives of people with mental illness about the benefits and drawbacks of employment, what factors influence these, and how they affect consumers' decisions and actions. Forty-one consumers of mental health services participated in 76 in-depth interviews and two focus groups. The author coded data induc...
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The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a home-based intervention targeted to parents with intellectual disability to promote child health and home safety in the preschool years. A total of 63 parents were recruited for the study with 45 parents (40 mothers and 5 fathers) from 40 families completing the project. The research des...
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The developmental status of 37 pre-school aged children born to mothers with intellectual disability was assessed and the relationship between developmental status and selected child, maternal and home/environment characteristics was examined. The developmental status of the children varied markedly. Controlling for possible organic pathology, the...
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This paper is based on a qualitative study of employment for people with mental illness. Forty-one consumers of mental health services were interviewed to obtain their perspectives on employment. One of the major issues they discussed was the ways in which mental illness affected their employment experiences. These effects were complex and interrel...
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Background Increasing emphasis is being given to carrying out parent education programmes at home with widely reported benefits. The purpose of this paper is to draw lessons for practitioners from implementing a randomized trial of a home-based parent education programme for parents with intellectual disabilities that addressed child health and saf...
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Consumer participation is regarded as increasingly important in the effective delivery of mental health services and for the empowerment of mental health consumers. In a qualitative study, 17 consumers and 10 occupational therapists discussed their perceptions of consumer participation in mental health services. These included the advantages and be...

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