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Focus Group – Activating Lived Experience Leadership Research Project by LELAN and UniSA

This project aims to describe how lived experience (LE)
advocacy and leadership across the mental health sector can be better defined, recognised and utilised in South Australia (SA). We aim to also encourage systems change within the current health system culture.

This project may be relevant to you if you have personal lived experience or are a carer of a person living with illness and are active as an advocate, representative, community speaker or peer worker. These are all roles where leadership skills come into play in terms of raising awareness, working with services and systems, and promoting lived
experience perspectives.

Focus Groups are scheduled for various dates over the coming months and will begin March 18th. 

Access more information here.

Share your Thoughts – Health Outcomes and Experiences for People with Disability by Health performance Council

Your input will help us understand the key areas that need to be explored to improve the health and disability systems and the outcomes for the community with lived experience of disability.

The Health Performance Council (HPC) are wanting to understand:

  • The issues that people with disabilities experience, 
  • How they might impact on their overall health and wellbeing and, 
  • What would matter most if the health system were to change.

There are multiple ways to get involved: completing an online submission form; attending one of their events (Drop in sessions, Listening sessions; Follow up forum); or by emailing them at Health.HPCengagement@sa.gov.au . 

Access more information here or contact HPC via email  Health.HPCengagement@sa.gov.au or call (08) 8226 3188. 

Online Survey – National Peer Workforce Development Guidelines by National Mental Health Commission

The findings of this survey will inform the National Mental Health Commission’s ‘National Peer Workforce Development Guidelines’ (referred to as the Guidelines). The project is conducted by a research team at RMIT University and led by a peer/lived experience researcher with extensive experience in peer workforce development both within Australia and internationally, Dr Louise Byrne

The survey will take approximately 30-40 minutes and is best completed on a computer as some questions will ask you to share resources through a file upload (if applicable).

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this survey, please contact the research team at RMIT: Helena Roennfeldt (for queries regarding content of the survey) via helena.roennfeldt@rmit.edu.au or Dr Lena Wang (for technical support regarding the survey) via Lena.wang@rmit.edu.au . 

Access the survey here.

Focus Groups – Consumer Feedback and Complaints Management Strategic Framework for SA Health& Wellbeing [Facilitated by HACSA]

The Strategic Framework outlines the responsibilities of all Local Health Network staff to strengthen and improve consumer feedback and complaints management. 

Health Consumers Alliance SA (HCASA) are hosting two consumer focus groups to gather feedback and input from South Australian consumers, carers and community members.

Sessions will be held Monday February 24th, 10am-12pm or 1-3pm. 

Contact HCA via info@hcasa.asn.au or 8231 4169 for more information. 

Register here.

Online or Phone Survey – SANE Australia

Our Turn to Speak is a national survey that seeks to understand the life experiences of people living with severe and complex mental health issues in Australia.

This confidential survey is open to any adult aged 18 and over residing in Australia who has been living with severe and complex mental health issues over the last 12 months.

The findings of the Our Turn to Speak survey will inform SANE’s future advocacy efforts as they work towards improved social outcomes and support for Australians living with severe and complex mental health issues.

Read more about this project here and access the survey here.

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Job Opportunity - Project Officer, Expert by Experience (Carer) with Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network, Rural and Remote Mental Health Service

The Expert by Experience (EBE) for carers project development officer is part of a small team which relates to consumers and carers who participate in the lived experience register, to all regional mental health teams, governance committees at regional and coordinating levels and relevant organisations. 

The EBE for carers will participate in further developing strategies to engage carers and reflect their views in order to assist regional LHN mental health services in ongoing service improvement.  It requires the ability to draw on relevant lived experience, to communicate at a range of levels, provide training and mentoring to community members toward their active participation, and work to project objectives and plans.

This is a Permanent Part-time position, 22.5 hours per week. Applications close February 28th.

Access more information here and the position description here

Job Opportunity - Lived Experience Consultant with Uniting SA

The Lived Experience Consultant is responsible for the engagement of people with lived experience of mental health issues and recovery in the governance, evaluation and design of UnitingSA’s mental health services.

The Lived Experience Consultant works in partnership with staff, Supervisors and Managers to progress the growth and development of the Peer Workforce in UnitingSA.

Access more information here or contact Danielle Bament on 8440 2225. Applications close March 4th.

Join the Lived Experience Leadership & Advocacy Network

Be informed, get involved and help to strengthen the voice and influence of lived experience in South Australia. Also benefit from reduced member rates for workshops, access to our closed Facebook group, a quarterly members-only newsletter and more.