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Documented case studies and co-design and co-production research.

Our Future Project Partnership 
Our Future: Developing introductory training for the lived and living experience workforces in Victoria. 
Self Help Addiction Resource Centre
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In 2021, the Victorian Mental Health and AOD sectors face their most significant inflection point since deinstitutionalisation in the 1990s. This moment, and the outcomes of this project, present the opportunity to establish a vibrant service system with well trained, supported, and thriving LLE workforces at its core.

This is a vital moment to establish solid foundations, ways of working and to crystalise and safeguard the unique capabilities, contributions and perspectives the LLE workforces bring - something that is vitally needed for the long-term structural reforms ahead.

Rising Together Action Group 
Rising Together: Lifting the lid on the experiences of family/carer lived experience workers. 
University of Melbourne and Centre for Mental Health Learning
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The Rising Together study was a co-produced study funded by the Centre for Mental Health Learning (CMHL) and led by the University of Melbourne. The study sought to investigate the experiences of family/carer lived experience (LE) workers within the Victorian mental health system, with the aim of better understanding what is needed to ensure the safe and sustainable development of this workforce.

Wyder, M., Roennfeldt, H., Parker, S., Vilic, G., McCann, K., Kent, C., & Dark, F. L. 
Diary of a mental health peer worker: Findings from a diary study into the role of peer work in a clinical mental health setting. 
Frontiers in Psychiatry
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Introduction: The importance of peer support workers in mental health care delivery has been extensively advocated for in mental health policy frameworks. However, there has been limited research examining the implementation of paid peer workers in clinical settings.

White, S., Foster, R., Marks, J., Morshead, R., Goldsmith, L., Barlow, S., Sin, J., & Gillard, S. 
The effectiveness of one-to-one peer support in mental health services: a systematic review and meta-analysis. 
BMC Psychiatry
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Background: Peer support is being introduced into mental health services internationally, often in response to workforce policy. Earlier systematic reviews incorporate different modalities of peer support (i.e. group and one-toone), offer inconsistent evidence of effectiveness, and also indicate substantial heterogeneity and issues of quality in the evidence base at that time.

Watson, E 
The mechanisms underpinning peer support: a literature review.. 
Journal of Mental Health
28(6), 1–12. 
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Background: The employment of Peer Support Workers, who themselves have experience of significant emotional distress, can promote recovery at an individual and organisational level. While research examining the benefits of peer support within mental health services continues to grow, an understanding of how, and through what processes, these benefits are reached remains under-developed.

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The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum and the National Primary Health Network Mental Health Lived Experience Engagement Network acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters on which we work and live on across Australia. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

Definition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience

“A lived experience recognises the effects of ongoing negative historical impacts and or specific events on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It encompasses the cultural, spiritual, physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of the individual, family or community.

“People with lived or living experience of suicide are those who have experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone through a suicidal crisis, been bereaved by suicide or having a loved one who has died by suicide, acknowledging that this experience is significantly different and takes into consideration Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ways of understanding social and emotional wellbeing.” - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre

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Recognition of Lived Experience

We also recognise people with lived and living experience of mental ill-health and recovery and the experience of people who are carers, families, kin, or supporters.


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