Family and Friend Representative Program
Are you supporting or have you supported a friend or family member with mental ill health and or alcohol and drug use?
Do you want to see change within the mental health and or alcohol and drug services that you and the person you support has engaged with?
Do you want to use your lived experience to help make other families and friends’ experiences more supportive, inclusive, and respected?
Do you want to make sure the informal support person’s voice is heard in service and program development, delivery and review?
Do you want to make sure the right people are employed in mental health and alcohol and drug services?
Then this is for you!
The Family and Friend Representative Program is a gateway for families and friends to use their experiences and to have their voice heard, to make valuable contributions to decisions being made around recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and person-centred care.
The program was established to ensure that the voice of families and friends are represented, so that their needs and expertise are heard and acknowledged at all decision-making tables.
Family and Friend Representatives, like all mental health and/or AOD families and friends, come with so much invaluable knowledge, experience, and understanding on the recovery journey for the person they support and themselves. They come with the understanding of the social exclusion, distress, frustration, powerlessness and hopelessness, and exhaustion that often comes with an informal support role, and what they need or needed in terms of support.
They come with skills and expertise that are central and instrumental to the care of another, and we know that these skills and experience are instrumental in informing decision making and policy, service, and program development.
Family and Friend Representatives represent and speak on behalf of Tasmanian families and friends, ensure the professionals you collaborate and co-design with consider, acknowledge, and support families and friends, and to illustrate the reality of many families and friends, and to ensure that their contribution to the support and care of another is recognised and appreciated.
What ALL families and friends have to be able to be a Representative is lived experience.
For more information:
Phone: 03 6228 7448 or 0429 121 576
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org