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[Survey & Submissions]: SA Suicide Prevention Plan (Closes Saturday April 24th)

Wellbeing SA and the Premier’s Council on Suicide Prevention are developing South Australia’s next Suicide Prevention Plan – in partnership with the community.

LELAN encourages the lived experience community to have a say on what will make a difference and any changes that need to be made. The public consultation starts on 15 March and will continue until 23 April, 2021.

Find out more and complete the survey HERE.

To hear more about what the lived experience community has to say on Suicide Prevention, watch our film Care not Treatment here.

[Survey]: Understanding LGBTQ+ Relationships (Closes Wednesday 31st March)
You’re invited to take part in an anonymous survey about intimate and sexual relationships. The survey is open to anyone who is:
| Over 18 | Living in Australia | LGBTQ+ |

Your answers will help inform the design and delivery of an upcoming national intimate partner and sexual violence primary prevention campaign produced by ACON. This campaign will focus on community attitudes and norms in intimate and sexual relationships.

As one of the first intimate partner and sexual violence primary prevention projects for LGBTQ+ people in Australia, your participation in this survey provides important data that will guide the development and delivery of this important and pioneering project.

Find out more and take the survey HERE.

[Survey]: LGBTIQ+ community survey from CAMHS (Closes March 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]: Life with Disability - What's it like? from the Commissioner for Children & Young People (Promoted early February)

The Commissioner for Children and Young People SA, Helen Connolly, would like to hear from children and young people with a disability, serious illness or learning difficulty, about what changes could be made to make your life better.

Your feedback will help to inform government and decision-makers about what matters to you.

Find out more 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] - Our Experiences of COVID Phase 2: Expression of Interest (EOI Extended)

In mid-2020, LELAN received funding from Grants SA to capture lived/living experience wisdom in regards to navigating uncertain and turbulent times, like COVID. We connected with over 20 people with lived/living experience through surveys and one-on-one conversations over Zoom.

These connections allowed LELAN to:

  • Gather insights into how COVID and other uncertain times impacted people’s life
  • Derive strategies to guide coping and recovery on individual, community and systemic levels
  • Generate lived experience-led action in the COVID recovery space
  • Nurture a community to support South Australia through our Connection and A Cuppa Initiative
  • Create and share the digital stories behind COVID initiative

We are looking forward to releasing the final report which will summarise all the ideas above. For now, we are proud to announce that we were successful in receiving funding from the Mental Health and Wellbeing Directorate, Wellbeing SA, to extend the project’s reach! 

In Phase 2, we will bridge the gap between the lived/living experience community and the general public. We will shift perspectives, challenge assumptions and stimulate learning through various creative and innovative platforms. Hence, we are starting off by bringing a Humans of Ney York-like event to the streets of Adelaide by hosting Laneway of Lived Experience – an interactive art display showcasing the lived experience community’s navigation of COVID and other uncertain times.

We are inviting people with lived/living experience to be involved in Phase 2. As participants, you’ll engage in some creative preparatory work and two story-crafting sessions as part of this opportunity and to help develop each individual’s story. Find out more and register your interest HERE.

[Expression of Interest]: Older Persons Mental Health Leadership Group (Applications close Wednesday April 14th)

The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist (OCP) are seeking a Carer or a Consumer who has experience in the area of older persons mental health, with critical thinking, strategic direction, and communication skills for the Older Persons Mental Health Leadership Group. 

The primary role and function of the Older Person’s Mental Health Leadership Group will be to facilitate state-wide collaboration and innovation in older persons mental health services.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Older Persons Mental Health Leadership Group, please complete the Expression of Interest and return it, with “Expression of Interest – Older Persons Mental Health Leadership Group” in the subject line, to Health.StatewideLivedExperienceRegister@sa.gov.au.

Download the EOI here.

[Conference Opportunity]: Better Together Conference Scholarship with SARAA (Promoted late February)

The Better Together Conference, hosted by The Equality Project, exists to facilitate a conversation about LGBTIQ+ rights in Australia and provide a platform to share ideas and experiences and build bridges between our diverse communities.

The Conference will be held on June 18 and 19 2021 at Adelaide Convention Centre.

The South Australian Rainbow Advocacy Alliance (SARAA for short) has received a grant from the Department of Human Services to give scholarships to South Australian LGBTIQ+ people who wish to attend the conference but would struggle without financial help.

Find out more and apply for the scholarship HERE.

[Webinar Series]: TheMHS Webinar Series: Alcohol, Drugs, and Mental Health (April 14th, 28th & May 12th)

TheMHS Learning Service a hosting a three-part webinar series on Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Health. 

The series will cover topics from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and substance abuse, methamphetamine use and alcohol and the developing brain. 

Find out more and register for the series HERE.

[Call for Abstracts]: TheMHS Melbourne Conference (closes Wednesday April 14th)

The Mental Health Services Learning Network (TheMHS) is seeking abstracts for their Melbourne conference in October 2021. The 2021 Melbourne conference theme is Hope into Action.

With hope, collaboration, and energy, we can create a world leading, contemporary and compassionate mental health system that will serve all Australians and New Zealanders.

Find out more and how to apply here.


[Expression of Interest]: Lived Experience Reference Group - Housing and Homelessness with SYC (Promoted late February)

The group will bring together people with lived experience of using housing and homelessness services in South Australia. This group will provide expertise, perspective, advice, advocacy and feedback on issues relating to the housing sector.

A key outcome of the group will be to assist in developing a state-wide Lived Experience Framework and implementation strategies to reform policies and services that reflect lived experience perspectives. Find out more and apply here.

Peer Work Vacancies - Various

Our Voice SA Peer Mentors and Community Connectors with Purple Orange (Promoted late March). Peer Mentors and Country Connectors will deliver capacity building workshops to adults living with intellectual disability within metro and country regions of South Australia. In person workshops will be delivered in regional South Australia. Content will include self-advocacy, decision-making, human rights, peer support, relationships, employment, accommodation options, and community participation. Find our more and apply here.

Disability and mental health support worker with Bright Star Support Services (Promoted early March). A disability and mental health support worker working with people on the NDIS providing psychosocial support, lived experience preferred. Read more and apply here.

Experience Workforce Program – Peer Work Orientation (Expressions of interest close Thursday April 8th). The Mental Health Coalition of SA’s Lived Experience Workforce Program (LEWP) has been funded since 2014 to support the growth and development of the non-Government (NGO) mental health Peer Workforce in SA. The program offers a 6-day orientation to Lived Experience Peer Work which could lead into a Peer Work qualification with Centacare. If you are interested in a career in Peer Work, you can find out more about the FREE Peer Work Orientation program here and apply here.

Peer Mentors with Aspire Recovery Connection (Promoted early February) . 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.