Do you have experience in the Emergency Department due to your mental health? ACEM will remunerate you for sharing your story.

Please note, the deadline for this is end of business Wednesday 23rd September.

Do you have experience in the Emergency Department due to your mental health? ACEM will remunerate you for sharing your story.

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) want to hear from people with a lived experience of mental or emotional distress to be involved in the launch of their commissioned report: Nowhere else to go: Why Australia’s health system results in people with mental illness getting ‘stuck’ in emergency departments campaign.

ACEM want people with lived experience of mental or emotional distress to share 1-minute videos sharing their stories in relation to one, two or all of the questions below relating to their experiences in the Emergency Department due to their mental health. If you are answering more than one, please record these as separate videos – 1 minute per video.

  1. What led you to go to the emergency department?
  2. What happened to you when you got there?
  3. Do you have any ideas how things could be done differently or improved?

Planning, recording and sending your video should take no longer than one hour.

ACEM will remunerate you $50 in recognition of your time contribution. You can claim your renumeration in two ways:

  1. Tax invoice with a current ABN and bank account addressed to: ACEM 34 Jeffcott Street, West Melbourne
  2. Coles gift card with your postal address

Unfortunately, the deadline is very short and the videos must be accurately submitted by the end of business Wednesday to VMIAC’s Communications Team at robin.litvins-salter@vmiac.org.au

If you are unsure how to record this video, have difficulties, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Communications Team at robin.litvins-salter@vmiac.org.au and we can assist you with your recording.

Helpful guidelines

We are aware it can be difficult to send through large files over email if you are unable to send by ordinary email, we suggest you try:

Filming guidelines

  • Film indoors
  • Select a quiet spot – rooms with soft furnishings are good to minimise potential echo
  • Select a spot that is well lit– either with natural light or with room lights and lamps (or a combination of these elements)
  • Film with your phone/camera positioned in landscape (so your picture is wider than it is high)
  • Check that your full head/face is in the frame – it’s really easy to accidentally cut yourself off, but it’s great to have your face fully in frame
  • Hold the camera at eye level or just below – do not film down on yourself
  • A phone camera is an excellent choice for this purpose – no fancy gear required
  • Please do not include anyone else in your video without their permission
  • Take as many goes as you need to feel comfortable with what you are saying and how you are saying it. We recommend trying to work without a script, but if you want to write some notes down first to feel comfortable with what you are saying, you definitely should do that. Try not to overthink your messages – whatever comes first to mind is probably the most honest and most accessible message you can deliver.

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