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[NDIS Restrictive Practices Authorisation Scheme - Stage 2]: Closes Friday 17th September

The Disability Inclusion (Restrictive Practices – NDIS) Amendment Bill 2021 was passed on 11 May 2021. It creates a legislative framework for the use of restrictive practices by NDIS providers for NDIS participants. 

Restrictive practices are any intervention that restricts the rights or freedom of movement of a person with disabilities who displays behaviours of concern. The goal of the intervention is to protect that person or others from harm. Your feedback will help us ensure that the regulations and guidelines are clear, simple and effective for NDIS participants and NDIS service providers.

Find out more and contribute here.

[International Mad Studies Journal]: Now taking submissions for First Issue

The International Mad Studies Journal (IMSJ) is a volunteer-led and peer-reviewed journal showcasing the theory and discipline of ‘Mad Studies’. Mad Studies is a field that explores the experience, history, politics, culture, and discourses of us, psychiatric survivors, consumers, ex-patients, people who are disabled, or otherwise labelled mentally ill.

IMSJ invite contributions from people whose voices have been marginalised by, and are not generally embraced by traditional academic and professional journals – ‘Innovation and creativity are particularly welcomed!’.

Keep up to date with IMSJ here and find out more about contributing to the journal here.

[Call out for Contributions]: Stories of Assault on Mental Health Wards

LELAN have been approached by media to reach out to consumers who want to share their experiences of sexual assault in mental health wards for a story being written on the subject.

We understand that this is an incredibly hard subject for anyone who has experienced it to talk about, but if it is something you are ready and wanting to talk about LELAN will support people throughout the process. People can also chose to remain anonymous.

If you would like more information or would like to be involved please contact Ellie at ehodges@lelan.org.au

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[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.

[Training Opportunities]: Lived Experience Leadership & Governance Training

We are proud to share the training calendar for our brand new, co-designed, lived experience leadership and governance training.


This training is for people who want to use their lived experience to inform decisions and influence change in the mental health and social service sectors. With fully customisable training pathways and stand-alone workshops, you can design a plan that suits your needs, interests, capacity and goals and there’s the option to work towards certificates in Lived Experience Leadership, Lived Experience Governance or both!

Find out more and register for training sessions here.

[Movie Fundraiser]: Medicating Normal (Thursday 16th September, 5.30-7pm)

The Critical and Ethical Mental Health research group, supported by Robinson Research Institute, are hosting a movie night fundraiser for LELAN and you’re invited!


Medicating Normal is an American documentary on ‘the untold story of what can happen when profit-driven medicine intersects with human beings in distress’. The movie will be followed by a panel and Q&A session with LELAN’s Executive Director, Ellie Hodges, CEMH Research Leader, Prof Jon Jureidini, Senior Psychiatrist, Dr Jörg Strobel, and a lived experience leader.

Tickets range from $10 – $30 with a discount for LELAN members.

Find out more and get your tickets here.

[SAAS Consumer & Community Advisory Committee]: (Promoted late August)

The South Australian Ambulance Service (SAAS) are seeking consumers and community members to join their advisory committee. There are three vacancies on the committee for people who have used their services and would like to feedback into the design, implementation and improvement of services.

People with lived/living experience are encouraged to apply as are people from diverse backgrounds.
For more information contact Health.SAASConsumerNetwork@sa.gov.au or apply here.

[Lived Experience Webinar Event]: Suicide Prevention Australia - Knowledge Exchange (Beginning Tuesday 3rd August)

Suicide Prevention Australia are hosting a series of webinars to showcase best practice in suicide prevention and postvention. The series kicks off on Tuesday 3rd August, with LELAN’s Executive Director, Ellie Hodges, speaking. 

The dates of the webinars are:
1. Tuesday 3rd August – Safe Spaces: Exploring safe spaces and their role in providing a non-clinical alternative.

2. Tuesday 2nd November – Aftercare: Aftercare models and best practice implementation for broad community reach.

3. Tuesday 1st March 2022 – Communicating about suicide and stigma

Find out more and register here.

[TheMHS' Melbourne Conference]: Melbourne conference being held virtually (12-15 October 2021)

The 2021 Melbourne TheMHS Conference will be held virtually this year. This year’s conference theme is HOPE into ACTION – reflecting this watershed time in mental health.

The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference is Australasia’s largest and most diverse mental health conference. It brings together people working across the mental health sector from a wide variety of disciplines.

You can find out more and register here.

Peer Work Vacancies - Various

[Peer Support Worker (Walk-in After hours Program) with Neami National] (Closes Friday 17th September). Based in Noarlunga, the Peer Support Worker is a lived experience role that provides peer-to-peer community care and recovery-focused support in Neami’s walk-in after hours service. This is an after-hours role from 4pm t 11pm on a 7 day rotating roster. Find out more and apply here.


[Youth Peer Support Worker with Headspace/Sonder] (Closes Wednesday 1st September). This role is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person with lived experience of social and emotional wellbeing concerns and recovery. The successful applicant will be supported throughout their role to obtain a Certificate IV, so no previous qualifications are required. Find out more and apply here.


[Recovery Coach with Aspire Recovery Connection] (Promoted late August). The Aspire Recovery connection team are seeking a number of Recovery Coaches to join them. An authentic lived experience team, providing recovery-oriented outreach support for people living with significant mental and emotional distress.Find out more and apply here.