Clarity: Developing understanding
Developing understanding is the first step in workforce development. Everyone can take steps to ensure that the mental health workforce, including leaders, managers, health professionals and Lived Experience workers, develop an understanding of Lived Experience work and its connection to the broader consumer movement/literature/concepts.
What informs Lived Experience work?
- • A Lived Experience-run website, which provides information to build connection to, and understanding of, the broader consumer movement – Our Consumer Place: www.ourconsumerplace.com.au
- • An American based advocacy and Lived Experience support organisation, which provides information to build connection to, and understanding of, the broader consumer movement – The National Empowerment Centre (NEC): www.power2u.org
- • A co-produced book providing a deeper understanding of Lived Experience work and system transformation – Peer Work in Australia: A New Future for Mental Health.
Lived Experience work values
- • Queensland Framework for the Development of the Mental Health Lived Experience Workforce: https://www.qmhc.qld. gov.au/sites/default/files/qmhc_lived_experience_workforce_ framework_web.pdf
- • Peer Support: What Makes it Unique? https://docs.google.com/document/d/1csIJZuuh2r6h_ R6U6IilRHrmszKg1wi9KtLBbhttuPs/edit#!
- • What Makes Peer Support Different? https://youtu.be/c3Rwk-e6Zcw
- • Transcription of Pat Deegan’s keynote address highlighting the transformative power of Lived Experience – Recovery and the Conspiracy of Hope: http://d20wqiibvy9b23.cloudfront. net/resources/resources/000/000/614/original/Deegan_ Recovery_and_the_Conspiracy_of_Hope.pdf?1468370243
- • Experts by Experience: Values Framework for Peer Working: https://www.scottishrecovery.net/wp-content/ uploads/2020/12/Values_Framework_Peer_Working.pdf
- • Peer Workforce Values: https://www.tepou.co.nz/initiatives/ peer-workforce-values/24
- • International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) National Ethical Guidelines and Practice Standards.
- • Co-production – Putting Principles into Practice in Mental Health Contexts: https://recoverylibrary.unimelb.edu.au/__data/ assets/pdf_file/0010/2659969/Coproduction_puttingprinciples- into-practice.pdf
- • Unpacking Co-design: The Australian Centre for Social Innovation: https://www.tacsi.org.au/unpacking-co-design/ • Happell, B., Scholz, B., Gordon, S., Bocking, J., Ellis, P., Roper, C.,
- ... & Platania‐Phung, C. (2018). “I don’t think we’ve quite got there yet”: The experience of allyship for mental health consumer researchers. Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing, 25(8), 453-462.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience workforce
- • Resource to assist organisations develop cultural literacy in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience workers – The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/ education-services/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islandernetwork/
- • Comprehensive report discussing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Workforce needs and experiences – We are Not the Problem: We are Part of the Solution – Indigenous Lived Experience Project Report: https://www. blackdoginstitute.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/livedexperience- report-final-nov-2018.pdf
- • NGO Aboriginal Mental Health Lived Experience Workforce (LEW) Standards and Guidelines: Self-Assessment Tools for Organisations: https://www.mhcsa.org.au/wp-content/ uploads/2018/09/LEW-Aboriginal-Guidelines_.pdf
- • National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing 2017–2023: https://www.niaa.gov.au/sites/default/ files/publications/mhsewb-framework_0.pdf
- • Deadly Thinking: A Social, Emotional Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities: http://www.rrmh.com.au/programs/deadlythinking
- • Dadirri: Inner Deep Listening and Quiet Still Awareness: http://www.dadirri.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/ Dadirri-Inner-Deep-Listening-M-R-Ungunmerr-Bauman-Refl1.pdf