Lived experience is fundamental to our systemic advocacy.
There are a number of ways that MHCN seeks advice from and is informed by the lived experience of carers. There include:
- Our Board
- Policy Advisory Committee
- Lived Experience Co-Design Committee
More Committees to come in 2023!
If you would like to get involved in a committee, please join our Mental Health Carer Advocacy Network.
Our board are dedicated advocates and lived experience representatives, who each bring unique perspectives and professional experiences to the governance of MHCN.
Policy Advisory Committee
The Policy Advisory Committee was initially established by MHCN in 2015 and included numerous carers with different backgrounds and experiences, including young carers, CALD carers, older persons, and BPD carers. MHCN has recently revamped its Policy Advisory Committee to comprise a core group of carer advocates and representatives who meet throughout the year to identify key areas for policy reform and carer issues.
Lived Experience Co-Design Committee
Through our Mental Health Carer Advocacy Network, we recruit interested participants to our Co-design Committee. This committee involves sharing insights, experiences, and recommendations on MHCN’s work such as our training modules, programs, consultations, and reports.