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Lived Experience Workforce

— Lived Experience Workforce Initiatives

Innovative actions and or enterprises that support the Lived Experience Workforce

Victorian Department of Health 
Lived experience perspectives central to mental health workforce reform. 
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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.

For the first time, the Department of Health is funding peak bodies Tandem and the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council(VMIAC) to employ workers as lived experience leads in workforce reform.

Premier of Victoria 
New mental health lived experience leadership. 
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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.

PHN North-western Melbourne 
Peer support workers to provide low intensity mental health services to people in need. 
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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.

The Centre for Mental Health Learning (CMHL) 
2021 Lived experience workforces supervision database and access to supervision project. 
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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.

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Acknowledgement of Country

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

We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to this site and invite them to provide any feedback or items for inclusion.

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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