Activating Lived Experience Leadership (ALEL) Project Advisory Group (PAG)

Opportunities, Lived Experience Leadership

This is an opportunity for members of the South Australian lived experience community to be actively involved in LELAN’s biggest project to date and support the partnership that we have with UniSA. We are seeking multiple people with lived experience of mental health issues, consumers and carers, to be a part of the Project Advisory Group (PAG) for the Activating Lived Experience Leadership (ALEL) Project.


The Project is the most significant investment to date in this area of inquiry in South Australia (SA) and has been funded by the Fay Fuller Foundation for two years. 



About the Activating Lived Experience Leadership (ALEL) Project:


The Activating Lived Experience Leadership (ALEL) Project is a partnership between the Lived Experience Leadership & Advocacy Network (LELAN) and UniSA’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group (MHSPRG). 


The broad purpose of the ALEL Project is to examine and describe how lived experience (LE) advocacy and leadership embedded within the mental health ecosystem can be defined, recognised and utilised in SA. 


The questions that underpin the project challenge the status quo in SA, and around Australia more broadly. Change is urgently needed to enable consumers and carers to participate in a leadership future developed by, for and with the peer community. The crucial need to develop effective strategies and pathways for LE leadership in SA is essential for people experiencing distress and mental health issues being valued differently. 

This project will deliver a robust evidence-based understanding of the mechanisms on how to do this and to establish training resources and networks that peers themselves believe to be of value and most influential in strategic and targeted ways. 


About the Project Advisory Group (PAG):


The ALEL Project Advisory Group (PAG) will provide project oversight and advisory support throughout the life of the project. Membership will include people with lived experience (consumers and carers), key organisational representatives and the ALEL Project Team. Members of the PAG will not be able to be involved in the research components of the project as ‘research participants’ as they play a role in guiding the project.  

The PAG will meet monthly between September and December 2019 and will then meet bi-monthly until completion of the project in June 2021. At this stage the first Wednesday of the month 1-3pm has been set as the meeting time. 


PAG membership is voluntary with honorarium and reimbursements provided, except where people are supported by their workplace to attend. 


More detailed information about PAG duties and responsibilities as well the skill and experience requirements of lived experience member’s can be accessed hereSelection of lived experience members of the PAG will be made after review of Expression of Interest applications and an interview process with the ALEL Project Team.



How you can be a part of the ALEL PAG:


Complete the Expression of Interest questions here. Applications close Friday August 16th at 5pm.


Further enquiries can be made by emailing or calling Ellie on 0422 888 157. 

Additional information about LELAN or the MHSPRG can be accessed at or respectively.