Communities of Practice Skills Development Program for Consumers, Families and Carers

Lived Experience Australia is offering 24 places in our new Communities of Practice – Skills Development Program for Consumers, Families and Carers. Each program will have a maximum of 12 participants.This 6 month program commencing in late March 2021 aims to develop and build knowledge, skills, confidence and capacity to support you as a systemic advocate and undertake representational roles in national, state, local and organisation specific forums, committees and groups to provide input and advocate on behalf of those with a lived experience. Learning is undertaken in a supported communities of practice environment with consumer and carer peers.The program consists of a Zoom session held once a month for 2 hours with learning, reflection and activities undertaken between sessions. You have the opportunity to practice skills learned as you progress through the program with the final session being a real-life advocacy representation opportunity.The program is open to consumers, families and carers who currently undertake lived experience representational roles on committee, groups, or forums in the mental health sector or are expecting to in the near future.

The program is fully subsidised (no cost).

You must submit your application by Friday 29 January 2021

Successful applicants will be notified in February 2021 and must be ready to commit to the 6 month program between March – August 2021. 

Dates for the groups are as follows:

Group 1 Dates: Thursdays from 2-4pm (AEDT)
25 March 2021
29 April 2021
3 June 2021
24 June 2021
22 July 2021
19 August 2021

Group 2 Dates: Fridays 2-4pm (AEDT)
26 March 2021
30 April 2021
4 June 2021
25 June 2021
23 July 2021
20 August 2021

For help in Australia

Salvation Army Care Line     1300 36 36 22

Reach Out

Headspace     Register and chat now at eheadspace, or call 1800 650 890  Headspace

Lifeline    13 11 14

Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78 (24 hour phone counselling and referral)

Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

QLife        1800 184 527    Phone & Chat  3.00 pm – 12.00 pm everyday

SANE Australia help

SANE Australia Helpline  Chat –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10 am-10 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time) 1800 187 263

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (24 hour phone counselling)

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (Professional call back service referral line operates seven days a week)

Veterans Line 1800 011 046 (after hours professional telephone crisis counselling for veterans and their families

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