Using real life stories for mental health care tool REF UW00633

Have you experienced mental illness and sought help for your condition? Would you like to use your lived experience to inform health professional’s approach towards treating mental illness?

Applications have now closed 

About the project

This innovative research project aims to use mental health consumers “lived experiences” to create a series of “real life” stories that will be used as an education tool to direct health professionals towards a more holistic, individual way of approaching mental health care.

About the position

We are looking for two research buddies who have experienced mental illness to have input and provide advice on the development of a grant application. 

What am I expected to do? 

  • Provide a “lived experience” perspective of mental illness and what it was like as a mental health consumer interacting with health professionals and health services
  • Provide input/ideas and feedback on grant application, including how the research is conducted

What skills or experience do I need?

No research skills are required, just an open mind and be willing to share your personal experiences and ideas with the research team

When are meetings held?

Initially, you will be required to read a short grant application (three pages) to provide input before 30th June; this will only take 2-3 hours.

How long am I expected to be involved?

If the project gets through to the second round of application, there will be an additional 2 hour review. If the project is then funded, there is an option for ongoing involvement for a further 18 months with regular monthly meetings.

Where will meetings be held?

The University of Western Australia campus in Nedlands.

What support is offered?

An honorarium of $30 per hour is offered. Training is available from the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications have now closed