MHCN is seeking expressions of interest from carers and family members to co-design resources for carers on involuntary treatment, the Mental Health Review Tribunal and the Mental Health Act. Carers will be paid for time spent attending meetings, meeting preparation and out of session feedback. Meetings will be held online via zoom.
About this project:
This project will establish the needs of carers for information and advice on involuntary treatment and the Mental Health Review Tribunal. Carers will guide MHCN in finding existing resources and identifying what is missing from the resources that are currently available. Carers will co-design a means to improve awareness of and access to existing resources and will develop more resources for carers.
Carers will be paid $110 for up to four hours of their time and $220 for up to a full day of their time. Carers will be paid for attending meetings, travel time, meeting preparation and out of session feedback.
All carers who participate in the co-design project are expected to attend four to five co-design committee meetings which will run for between 2 – 4 hours. Carers are also expected to complete pre-meeting preparation work and respond to out of session feedback requests. Out of session work will take 2 – 4 hours per meeting.
The co-design project will be conducted from August 2021 to the end of June 2022. Carers are expected to sit on the co-design committee for the duration of the project.
Optionally, carers on the co-design committee may also attend the project steering committee and will include representatives from sector organisations such as LHDs and the Family and Mental Health Carer Program. 1 – 2 carers from the co-design committee will be selected to sit on the steering committee. There will be between 4 – 5 steering committee meetings which will run for 2 hours.
You will have lived experience as carer or family member of someone who lives with mental illness.
You will have experienced one or more of the following in your role as family or carer:
- You have spoken with or written to the Mental Health Review Tribunal as a family member or carer.
- You have been a family member or carer of someone who received involuntary care in hospital.
- You have been told by the hospital that you are a “Principal Carer” or “Designated Carer” under the Mental Health Act.
- You have been a family member or carer of someone who has a Community Treatment Order.
You will be in the right place to purposefully talk about your experiences of involuntary care and the Mental Health Review Tribunal at co-design committee meetings in order to contribute to the co-design of resources for carers.
We aim to recruit a committee with diverse experiences of caring and the Mental Health Act. People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply including young carers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers, culturally and linguistically diverse carers, LGBTQIA+ carers, rural and regional carers and forensic mental health carers.
We encourage people who have not previously participated in co-design, committee work or lived experience advocacy to apply for this role. Examples of experiences that could provide transferable skills for this role include:
- committee membership
- co-design work
- experience sharing your lived experience with others
- peer work
- advocacy work
- leadership experience
- public speaking
- administration and organisational support
- mental health or carer support work
- community development work
- caring for someone experiencing mental health issues
- advocating for someone experiencing mental health issues
- other transferable experiences
To apply please fill out the Expression of Interest Form here by the 19th September 2021.
MHCN will contact shortlisted applicants to arrange a time for a short phone interview to learn more about your experiences and your expectations around the co-design project.
Unfortunately, there are a limited number of positions for carers on this committee. We will notify all carers if their application for this co-design project was unsuccessful by 1st October 2021.
To register your interest, fill in the expression of interest form here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DW8DBFY