On 26th Sep 2023, VMIAC’s Lived Experience Leadership forums brought together mental health consumers, leaders, and workers to examine six major consumer, carer, and workforce Lived Experience initiatives resulting from Victoria’s Mental Health Royal Commission.
It was an eventful day with the Premier, Dan Andrews, announcing his resignation and Katherine Whetton speaking in place of the then Minister for Mental Health, Gabrielle Williams.
Representatives from a range of lived experience projects that emerged from the Royal Commission spoke on what has happened so far, emerging themes, opportunities, and challenges and sparked interactive discussions with participants.
Below you can find a wrap-up of why Lived Experience Leadership is so important as well as recordings of each speaker.
VMIAC CEO, Craig Wallace and SHARC CEO, Clare Davies spoke about Recommendation 29 to establish a Consumer Leadership Agency (‘Our Agency’) which is still not funded. You can find more information about our campaign to secure this crucial element of the architecture of our mental health reform here and you can sign our Community Letter here.