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Research Survey - Wellbeing and distress during periods of public discourse about LGBTIQ rights during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond by University of Canberra with support from the National LGBTI Health Alliance (posted early July)

The primary aim of the research is to understand changes in the level of psychological distress caused by negative messaging associated with this public discourse and the additional impact of COVID-19 within the LGBTQI community. 

You are invited to complete this survey if you are aged 15 years or older, living in Australia, and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or other related identities, or as an ally.

Access the survey here
Survey -<br /> Help Keep Your Mob Mentally Strong and Healthy by Beyond Blue (posted early July)

You are invited to complete this short survey to give your feedback on how Beyond Blue can better support the social and emotional wellbeing of your mob. 

This survey is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and all respondents go in the draw to win a great prize.

Cox Inall Ridgeway are the Aboriginal-led research team working on this project under strong cultural principles, in partnership with Beyond Blue.
This survey is part of a bigger project to strengthen the cultural safety and appropriateness of Beyond Blue’s online programs. 
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Survey - Statewide Paediatric Eating Disorders Services, Designing the Best Model for SA by SA Health
SA Health is in the process of developing state-wide paediatric eating disorder services (i.e. a model designed to service all young people and their families/carers experience an eating disorder across the whole of South Australia). An important part of the development of this new model is consumer, carer and community engagement; this will help us to ensure we provide safe, high quality, consumer-focused healthcare for children and young people with eating disorders across South Australia.
Any questions or comments
about the survey can be directed to May McDonald (May.McDonald@sa.gov.au) or Corree Guerin (Corree.Guerin@sa.gov.au). The Project Officers are also available should you wish to provide verbal rather than written feedback.
Access the survey here

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Various Involvement Opportunities - with Central Adelaide Local Health Network (closes Thursday July 16th)

Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) is seeking passionate health advocates who want the opportunity to help shape the future of our services.

Approximately 20 committee positions – including mental health specific opportunities – are available for consumers (patients, carers or patient family members) across various programs and services at Central Adelaide. 

Applications are due by Thursday 16 July 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview on Monday 20 July 2020. A training session for successful applicants will be run on Wednesday 22 July 2020.

For more information call 7074 1423 or email health.CALHNConsumerEngagement@sa.gov.au .

Access further information and apply here.


Various Involvement Opportunities - with Everymind (closes Friday July 17th)

With the support of Roses in the OceanEverymind is seeking people with a lived experience of suicide to share their voice and contribute their lived experience perspective, in an ongoing role, to help inform a variety of prevention-focused initiatives.

There are a number of opportunities and projects available which those with lived experience are encouraged to contribute to, including:

  • Qualitative research interviews
  • Co-design groups and feedback
  • Document review
  • Lived Experience Advisory Group.

Access further information and apply here.

Focus Group for People in Country SA – Activating Lived Experience Leadership Project by LELAN and UniSA (Thursday July 23rd)

Are you active in the mental health lived experience area? Are you active in your community as an advocate, community educator, speaker, committee representative or peer worker? If so, you may be interested in participating in our focus group discussion.

We will be holding this meeting specifically for people with lived experience who are active in Country SA communities. We will discuss perspectives on mental health lived experience leadership, and how it can be better recognised and used in regional health sectors and communities

If you would like to know more, or attend the focus group, please contact one of our research team: Heather McIntyre, Heather.McIntyre@unisa.edu.au; Dr Mark Loughhead, Mark.Loughhead@unisa.edu.au; or Ellie Hodges, ehodges@lelan.org.au

An information sheet about the purpose of the research project is available here.

Representative Opportunity - Learning and Development Steering Committee with SA Office of the Chief Psychiatrist (closes Friday July 24th)

The Learning and Development Steering Committee will be the key committee to provide advice and recommendations on learning and development directions and activities for South Australian mental health services. The Committee will report to
the Mental Health Leadership group and will have relationships as required with
LHN learning and Development committees and staff.

To be eligible for the Committee you have to be a Carer or a Consumer member of the OCP Lived Experience Register or the Lived Experience Reference Group (LERG). You have experience or interest in training and development of mental health workforce as well as critical thinking, strategic direction, and communication skills. The tenure for the Lived Experience Representatives is two years, and it can be extended by the Chair.

Access further information and apply here.

Poetry and Creative Writing Competition - Mindshare Awards (closes Monday August 17th)

The mindshare Awards is a poetry and creative writing competition presented by mindshare, the Mental Health Coalition of SA, Writers SA and Access2Arts.

The competition is an opportunity for South Australian writers with lived experience of mental illness to share their stories, showcase their skills, discover new creative communities, and connect with industry professionals.

While entered works do not need to be about your lived experience, poetry and creative writing generated from personal experience or work that tackles mental health themes are encouraged.

You may enter no more than 5 pieces of work in either one category or across multiple categories.

Access further information and submit your work here.

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