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[2021 Lived Experience Awards]: Nominations close Monday 30th August

The Mental Health Coalition of SA (MHCSA) and the Mental Health Commissioners are seeking nominations for the 2021 Lived Experience Awards. The awards are honouring the outstanding achievements of individuals who use their mental health lived experience in a designated consumer or carer role and students who are currently studying, will complete or have completed the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work in the current calendar year.

You can find out more and nominate here.

[Community Consultation]: NDIS Restrictive Practices Authorisation Scheme

NDIS Restrictive Practices Authorisation Scheme. The Disability Inclusion (Restrictive Practices – NDIS) Amendment Bill 2021 was passed on 11 May 2021. YourSay are consulting with the community on the regulations and guidelines for restrictive practices.

Find out more here.

[Survey]: PEACE LGBTIQ+ Community Survey

An anonymous questionnaire developed by PEACE Multicultural Services of Relationships Australia South Australia. PEACE are seeking your input to help them improve their services towards your health and wellbeing. 

Find out more and complete the survey here.

[Survey]: LGBTIQ+ community survey from CAMHS (Extended to May 2021)

The CAMHS Rainbow group – a group of clinicians, young people, and peer workers is surveying young LGBTQI+ people and their carers/parents. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Closes March 2021. 

Find more information and take the survey here.

[Survey]: Lived Experience Engagement Service -SYC Housing and Homelessness (Promoted late February)

The Lived Experience and Engagement Service values people’s experience with homelessness and housing services in South Australia across many different providers and organisations.

SYC are committed to strengthening the voices of people with lived experience to help guide and inform the South Australian Housing Authority’s (SAHA’s) reform to help shape future services. You can access the survey here.

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[Laneway of Lived Experience]: Exhibition Opening Invitation (Tuesday 29th June)

LELAN warmly invites you to the opening of the Laneway of Lived Experience interactive art exhibition, the culmination of LELAN’s Our Experiences of COVID project.

The Our Experiences of COVID Project has been a two-stage project providing a platform to the lived/living experience community to communicate their experiences and learnings during and from COVID.

This interactive art exhibition will showcase the stories we have gathered from members of the lived/living experience community through one-to-one interviews and artwork created by them. We will also be releasing a report that captures the experiences, thoughts and feelings of people with lived experience through COVID, how they coped, what they needed and what we can all learn from these experiences.

We invite you to join us and take part in witnessing these stories, to truly hear and learn from them together, register here.

[Submissions Open]: UNHEARD, Lived Experience Collective Zine, Issue 2

LELAN are calling for submissions for our second edition of our lived experience collective zine UNHEARD.

Issue one focused on navigating uncertain times & life disruption, with painting, photography, poetry and collages being submitted. Issue two will look at ‘Stories of Activation’, we want to hear about what motivated people to get involved in advocacy and activism in the lived experience space (or beyond). This might include people who inspired you, books, poetry, videos or a movement.

Get in touch if you have questions, or send us your submissions to info@lelan.org.au or HERE.

[Lived Experience Workforce Conference]: Dialogue 2021 - Lived Experience Workforce Conference (Friday 20th August)

Brook RED in partnership with MHLEEN (Mental Health Lived Experience Engagement Network) are holding Dialogue 2021 in Brisbane on Friday 20th August. The goal of this one day conference is to provide lived experience workers a chance to connect together in-person and reflect, explore and strengthen lived experience practice.

Find out more and register here.

[Lived Experience Representative Opportunities]: CALHN - Consumer and Carer Representative Roles (Promoted early June)

The Central Adelaide Local Health Network’s Mental Health Clinical Program is recruiting for Consumer and Carer Representatives. The Consumer/Carer Representative role may include holding a position on a committee, co-facilitating education for staff, completing audits and gathering feedback from current consumers and carers. People who have accessed CALHN Mental Health services in the past three years and those from the following populations;

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Lived experience of homelessness
  • Youth (16-25)
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse

…are encouraged to express their interest to the Coordinator Consumer Engagement at Rebecca.Langman@sa.gov.au

[Expression of Interest]: Adelaide PHN Multiple Positions (Closes Friday 2nd July)

Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) are recruiting community members to join a number of their membership groups.

Aboriginal Community Advisory Council (Aboriginal CAC)

If you identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, are over 18 years of age, connected to the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community, have a lived experience accessing health services for yourself or someone you care for, and want to help develop a better local health system, read more here and apply here.

Community Advosory Council (CAC)

If you are over 18 years of age, have a lived experience accessing health services for yourself or someone you care for, and want to contribute to improving better local health system you can read more here
Adelaide PHN strongly encourage CALD, young adults, older people, people living with a disability and/or those identifying as LGBTIQA+ to apply. 


Applications close 5.00pm Friday 2 July 2021.

More information can be found via the announcement on our website.

For any queries, please contact Wills Logue via membership@adelaidephn.com.au or call 8219 5900.

[Expression of Interest]: Festival of Now 2021 multiple positions

The Festival of Now Committee are inviting creatives with lived experience of mental health challenges to submit an expression of interest to be involved in the event as:

  • main stage performers
  • live painting artists, installation artists
  • workshop facilitators
  • roving performers.

These are paid opportunities.

In 2021 FoN has been scheduled for the 8th of October at Wauwi (Light Square), Adelaide.

More info and EOI forms here.

[Volunteer Opportunities]: MindShare (Promoted late May)

MindShare are seeking volunteers to help with their programs and evetns.

If you have some time, skills and experience that you could share with MindShare get in touch and find out more here.

Peer Work Vacancies - Various

Mental Health Peer Support Workers with Community Acess and Services SA (Closes Friday 25th June). The Peer Support Worker (PSW) provides client-led, recovery‐oriented mental health support to clients with severe, episodic mental illness through the Continuity of Support program. The PSW primarily delivers group wellbeing programs , as well as individual support, emphasising individual recovery needs and integration with clinical services. Find out more and apply here.

Lived Experience Project Officer with SYC (Promoted early June). SYC’s Lived Experience and Engagement Service elevates the voices of people who have previous or current experience of housing and homelessness systems in order to help shape housing and homeless sector reform, and to ensure continuous improvement in service delivery, and policy development. Find out more and apply here.

[Peer Support Worker with Neami and the UMHCC] (Promoted late June).Neami National are hiring Peer Support Workers for the Urgent Mental Health Care Centre (UMHCC). Peer Support Workers will make up 50% of the workforce within the UMHCC. Peer Support workers draw on their lived experience of recovery from mental illness, mental health crisis or caring for someone living with a mental illness to instil confidence and hope in others about the journey of recovery. Find out more and apply here

[Recovery Coach with Life Without Barriers] (Promoted late June) Life Without Barriers are seeking a full-time recovery coach for a 12 month contract. The Recovery Coach will provide support to people with a mental health/psychosocial disability diagnosis to increase their independence, take more control of their lives and to better manage their complex challenges of day-to-day living. Find out more and apply here.

Lived Experience Mentors with Aspire Recovery Connection (Promoted late April). As a Peer Mentor you will work from a lived experience, human rights and strengths-based framework to support people towards their recovery goals. Read more and apply here.