Innovative actions and or enterprises that support the Lived Experience Workforce
The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System called for people with lived experience to be central to reform planning and delivery. This includes the many programs to expand and better support Victoria’s mental health and wellbeing workforce.
The roles are supported by a network of Victorian consumer and family-carer representatives through participation registers at VMIAC and Tandem.
Mary O’Hagan has been appointed as the first Victorian Executive Director of Lived Experience to help build Victoria’s new mental health and wellbeing system, ensuring those with experience of the mental health system are at the centre of its reform. The appointment delivers on a key recommendation from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System to employ people with lived experience in leadership positions within the Department.
The new role will work to ensure that mental health and alcohol and other drug services meet the needs of consumers and carers by integrating their expertise in the development of policies and programs.
North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) has awarded funding to three initiatives led by cohealth, Foundation House and Orygen to help build peer workforce roles in primary mental health through delivery of low-intensity mental health services.
The providers will use the funding to develop approaches that employ mental health peer workers to provide care and support for people in their communities.
cohealth will be focusing on a specialist LGBTIQ+ mental health peer work program, Orygen will be taking a family peer work development approach and Foundation House will be focusing on peer work for Syrian and Iraqi people from a refugee background. The projects will deliver inclusive and culturally responsive care.
This database is primarily designed to assist consumer lived experience workers or family/carer lived experience workers to find a suitable discipline specific supervisor. Workers from other disciplines (e.g social work, nursing, psychiatry) can also use this database to find a suitable Lived Experience Supervisor to assist them to enhance their practice.
Supervisors listed in the database have asserted that they meet the minimum criteria for inclusion in the database, criteria that were developed through wide consultation, specifically:
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.
“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
We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to this site and invite them to provide any feedback or items for inclusion.
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.