“If you have experienced or are experiencing distress, you have the right to be recognised, respected, and included in policy decision making related to your healthcare needs.”
The VMIAC Consumer Register is for consumers and people with lived and living experience of distress. It was established and is managed by VMIAC in partnership with the Victoria Department of Health.
We have 2 exciting new Consumer Register opportunities that we are opening up to a wider range of consumers. These are your chances to be on the ground floor of real systemic change and be paid for your expertise and insight. This is also an opportunity to find out what it means to be a part of our Consumer Register and find out if it is right for you.
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Social Prescribing Project Control Group
Social Prescribing is about valuing meaningful social connections and relationships within one’s own community and making that a part of the mental health and wellbeing treatment. As part of the Royal Commission, the Victorian government has been recommended to trial and develop a system that will support clinical workers refer people experiencing psychological distress or mental illness into non-clinical community groups, supports, and spaces.
This opportunity is for 2 consumers. One to be a Mental Health Consumer chair and one to be Mental Health Consumer Project Control Group member.
This is a 12 month commitment. This is a revolutionary opportunity to ensure that the future mental health system value non-clinical mental health care and practice, and we need to ensure lived experience voices are a part of this conversation.
Payment: $218 per meeting for half-day meetings, $435 for full-day meetings
Suicide Prevention and Response Expert Advisory Committee
The Department is seeking consumers with relevant living and lived experience (LLE) of mental illness and mental distress, including people with experience of suicidal thoughts and behavior and suicide attempt survivors.
As a Member of the Expert Advisory Committee, you will meet and provide advice on evidence-informed approaches to suicide prevention and responses. This includes on how the Victorian Government can best adopt a whole-of-government, community-wide, systems-based approach.\
This is a 12 month commitment with at least 1.5 hour long meetings every 2 months, with additional sessions as required.
Payment: $218 per meeting