National mental health lived experience peak bodies

We are creating peak bodies to support people with a lived or living experience of mental ill-health to shape the policies and programs that affect them. This includes consumers, families, carers and kin.

Establishing 2 national mental health lived experience peak bodies

We value the contributions of people with lived and living experience of mental ill-health. Their stories continue to drive improvements to the mental health system and services.

We are working to set up 2 independent national mental health lived experience peak bodies:

  • one to represent consumers
  • one to represent families, carers and kin.

These peak bodies will work to ensure people with lived and living experience of mental ill-health can help shape the policies and programs impacting them.

Designing the peak bodies

We partnered with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) to on the co-design process to set up 2 new independent mental health lived experience peak bodies.

The co-design process built on extensive work that was already done by the sector. This includes years of advocacy efforts from mental health consumers, families, carers and kin. The process also aimed to invite new and diverse perspectives to inform how to create the 2 new peaks.

How we did the co-design process

The co-design process involved 3 main streams:

  • TACSI ran workshops with a small group of consumers and a small group of families, carers and kin. Participants were selected through an Expression of Interest process that received over 300 nominations.
  • TACSI also held ‘Additional Voices’ discussions with representatives from specific cohorts. These supported the group discussions and aimed to test key themes emerging from the workshops.
  • We undertook open submission processes (one for each peak body) that invited feedback from the public using online surveys. Discussion papers outlining priority next steps for creating the peak bodies informed the surveys.

Foregrounding First Nations wisdom

The co-design process prioritised active collaboration and partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We made sure to use their ways of being, knowing and doing to become part of the foundations of this project.

Throughout the process, we have committed to a do-no-harm and listen-first approach to working with First Nations Peoples and communities. We focused on using equity principles to make sure that all voices are heard equally as much as possible.

Grant Opportunity for the 2 national mental health lived experience peak bodies

Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts, feedback and experiences to inform the establishment of these peak bodies. 

We have worked through the feedback provided to develop Grant Opportunity Guidelines for competitive grant processes to fund an organisation or organisations to establish 2 new independent mental health lived experience peak bodies.

We have published Grant Opportunities on GrantConnect against which interested organisation/s can apply. Links to the Grant Opportunities are below:

Questions about the Grant Opportunities

If you have questions relating to the grant, technical issues or process during the application period, please contact Grant.ATM@health.gov.au

Next steps

Through the Grant Opportunity, we will choose an appropriate organisation or organisations set up each peak body, or more than one organisation if needed. 

Contact

For more information or to raise any questions about the National Mental Health Lived Experience Peak Bodies project, contact the Lived Experience Section.

Lived Experience Section

Our Lived Experience Section can provide more information about the National Mental Health Lived Experience Peak Bodies project.
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