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OHP Optimal Health Program Empowering People With Mental Disorders Through Optimal Health Program

Jan 5, 6, 7 and March 18, 2022 (Virtual Event)


This project enables member economies – particularly developing economies – to obtain, share, strengthen, maintain and develop knowledge, abilities, skills and technical know-how in addressing the mental and neurological disorders and promoting mental wellness in the region by empowering people with mental disorders through Optimum Health Program which consists of several activities.

The activities, including:


The Optimal Health Program is a collaborative salutogenic approach to managing symptoms to produce designated levels of wellbeing determined by the participant. It draws upon many evidence based practices that sit within collaborative therapy, positive psychology and wellbeing. It also draws upon outcome informed evidence where the participant takes ownership for their own wellbeing processes, planning and interventions. The program is therefore a framework of engagement with the content being determined by participants. This approach requires the practitioner to create a reciprocal learning environment where relational expertise for both the practitioner and participant are honoured.

Though certain elements of the program may resonate more with one participant or practitioner over others, no one element of the program is greater than the whole. The program is intentionally designed to be an andragogcial process, where the participant constantly builds capacity for self, to ever enhance self-directed holistic wellbeing. The program does have key elements that may be used as stand-alone tools or interventions, in an informal manner, which may be beneficial in the moment. The program is in alignment with the key elements of consumer defined recovery; being self- determined and self-directed, and provides an essential mechanism of how to, through self-advocacy.

Therefore, at the heart of the program sits two important instruments: the “I Can Do Model” and the Health Plans. The I Can Do Model defines the actual, as well as potential resources one can draw upon to manage any adversity in life to maintain desired levels of wellbeing, while the Health Plans ensure personal autonomy is maintained at all times, including during episodes of illness.

The program’s sessions include:

Participants have an opportunity to:

Optimal Health Program: Group Sessions Overview

The Optimal Health Program (OHP) is designed to be utilised by trained practitioners. The program illustrates a range of concepts and tools that are helpful for participants to explore their wellbeing and develop strategies within health plans to improve and maintain their wellbeing.

The program is divided into eight sessions and a post program booster session. The post program booster covers a range of information that explores someone’s strengths, vulnerabilities, stressors and strategies empowering them to be in control of their own health and wellbeing. Importantly, the program is guided by the participant and is sensitive to their needs and values.

Each session contains an outline of topics to be covered and a journal section to give the partitioner an opportunity to document their thoughts about each session. The resources to conduct each session are listed and these will vary according to the context of engagement, setting, and number of participants, and in particular the focus of the person or group.

The Optimal Health Program is delivered either one-to-one or in groups, with the group sessions having 10-20 participants. The group sessions should have two trained practitioners facilitating it. The program also supports the use of Peer Support Workers trained as practitioners to co-facilitate whenever and where ever possible. The program promotes the use of between sessions coaching, whereby participants are coached one on one by practitioners as a support to implement learning outcomes from the sessions.

Some of our honorable guests

We have gathered the top professionals of the innovation community, to lecture on the hottest topics and most relevant new technologies about Optimal Health Program.

Prof. David Jonathan Castle


Scientific Director of the Centre for Complex Interventions at CAMH in February 2021, migrating from Australia where for 15 years he has been Professor of Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne. His clinical and research interests include schizophrenia and related disorders, and bipolar disorder.

dr. Satti Raja Sitanggang, Sp.KJ

Psychiatric Division at Pambalah Batung General Hospital, Amuntai, South Kalimantan, Indonesia. Member of Indonesian Psychiatric Association . Chair of Indonesian Early Career Psychiatrists (Indo – ECPs) Section 2019 – 2022. Board on Section Community Psychiatry of Indonesian Psychiatry Association 2016 – 2019, 2019 -2022. World Psychiatric Association Early Career Psychiatrists (ECPs) Section Board Member, Asia Representative 2017 – 2020

Brigid Ryan

Brigid is a Program Manager with St Vincent’s Mental Health. She has a public health background and has worked with health workers from the Pacific region in the areas of community mental health and rehabilitation, HIV/AIDS and prevention of violence against women.

dr. Umi Adzlin Silim

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist | Women’s Mental Health, Health Coaching & Psychospirituality Putrajaya, Putrajaya Federal Territory, Malaysia

dr. Azimatul Karimah, Sp.KJ(K)

Medical Staff of Departement of Psychiatry dr. Soetomo General Hospital, Surabaya, Indonesia. A Liaison Psychiatrist who have passion to develop psychiatry in Indonesia and breaking stigma towards people with mental health problems.

dr. Santi Yuliani, M.Sc., Sp.KJ

Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at Prof. Dr. Soerojo Psychiatric Hospital, with 13 years of experience, focusing on neuropsychiatric and electrophysiology.

  • Organizer : Prof Dr Soerojo Magelang Psychiatric Hospital
  • Co-Organizer : Ministry of Health, Indonesia
  • Event held under APEC Project : HWG 03 2020A – Empowering People With Mental Disorders through optimum Health Program: A New Approach to Mental Health in the Region
  • Sponsoring Economy / Project Overseer : Indonesia / Santi Yuliani
  • Co-sponsoring APEC economies : Republic of Korea; Chile; Malaysia; Mexico; Russia; Canada; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Hong Kong, China; Japan; Thailand
  • Funded by : HWG