Lived Experience Leadership Forum Recordings


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.

SJ Haywood’s opening address

Big Feels Co-founder and mental health consultant Sarah Jane Haywood gives a high-level overview of the Royal Commission and what the world would look like if we achieved its vision.

Speaker 3 Kathy Wilson

Chair of the Barwon South West Interim Regional Body, Kathy Wilson, talks about the Interim Regional Bodies and what they will evolve into over time.

Speaker 5 Marie Piu and Sarah Irving

Marie Piu, CEO of Tandem, and Sarah Irving, Acting Director of Advocacy and Policy talk about Mental Health and Wellbeing Connect Centers.

Speaker 9 Katherine Whetton

Katherine Whetton, Deputy Secretary, Mental Health and Wellbeing at Department of Health, Victoria, talks about the work being done to centre lived experience in mental health reform.

Speaker 2 Terry Laidler

Chair of the Victorian Collaborative Centre, Terry Laidler, talks about the establishment of the VCC and how Lived Experience has been centred in its formation and its LE framework.

Speakers 4 Emma Cadogan & Clare Hanley

Lived Experience Division (Department of Health) Manager of Lived Experience Policy, Emma Cadogan and Manager of Lived and Living Experience Workforce, Clare Hanley, talk about where the the Lived Experience Leadership workforce is at.

Speaker 6 Nikki Foy

VACCHO Executive Manager of Social & Emotional Wellbeing, Nikki Foy, talks about the Voice referendum and what recognition means for Aboriginal communities.

Speaker 8 Katie Larsen

Katie Larsen, Executive Director Lived Experience at Mind Australia, gives an update about Mind’s Healing Place, peer-led models and peer-led governance.

Speaker 10 Tricia Szirom

Former VMIAC Chair, Tricia Szirom, wraps up the forum and highlights the need to fund the Consumer Leadership Agency recommended in the Royal Commission.
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