Lived Experience Network Establishment Committee – Call for new members

If you’re interested in getting involved with the AEPCC-LEN Establishment Committee, please complete the form and someone from the team will be in touch.
Expressions of interest close at 11:59PM (Melbourne time) on Thursday 17 August 2023

What is AEPCC?

AEPCC is the Australian Early Psychosis Collaborative Consortium – we pronounce it like ‘APEX’. It’s a new project being led by Orygen, aiming to improve the lives of young people with living and lived experience of early psychosis. We hope to achieve this by strengthening early psychosis services, improving the quality of early psychosis research and connecting people from across the early psychosis sector.

In 2022 we established a new program, the AEPCC Lived Experience Network (LEN). The AEPCC-LEN is an opportunity for the early psychosis lived experience community to have a say, and have a seat at the table alongside researchers and clinicians.

What is the opportunity?

To be a part of the AEPCC-LEN Establishment Committee. This decision-making body will drive the design of the AEPCC-LEN, and will be made up of representatives from across Australia, coming together to share their experiences and advocate for the needs of the early psychosis community. This Establishment Committee currently has 11 members most of whom are young people (16-30) with a lived experience of early psychosis. We are hoping to add 6 more members to our LEN Establishment committee – 3 young people and we are also inviting 3 carers, family members or friends of young people with a lived experience of early psychosis to help support this committee and offer their expertise.

Who are we looking for?

Our current committee is made up of 11 members. We are looking to expand by 6 additional members. We are hoping for 3 young people (16-30) with a lived experience of early psychosis and 3 family/ carer/ support people.

For this application round we will be prioritising applicants who live, work and play in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Canberra, Tasmania and regional and remote areas.

Ensuring that AEPCC is accessible to all young Australians is of high priority to the project team. Therefore, we strongly welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, young people from the LGBTQIA+ community, neurodivergent young people, young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and young people with disability.

In order to make this opportunity accessible to all, please let us know if there are any supports we can provide. We’re constantly learning and changing our practices to make these participation opportunities as safe, as inclusive and as mutually beneficial as possible.

Are you the right person for this role?

If you meet the following criteria, you might be the right person for this opportunity:

However, more than anything else, we want to work with people who are passionate about mental health and making a difference – if this describes you, we encourage you express interest and get involved.

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