Bringing humanity and human rights into mental health.

The Mental Health Reform Team – Jo Poole, Adrian Bol, and Deidre Tranter – attended the MHS conference in August 2023.

It was a great chance to showcase the reform achievements at the Peacock Centre and share the work we have been doing across the different streams. There was so much interest and positive feedback! And many people interested in work opportunities in Tasmania.

Highlights of the conference were two keynote addresses, Mary O’Hagan ‘Lived Experience Leadership for Human Rights: A View from Inside the System’ and Darius Puras, ‘Global Mental Health and Human Rights – Status Quo and the Way Ahead’.

Deidre delivered two presentations:

The first was about codesign titled, Bringing humanity to service creation: meeting the expressed need of a community through codesign.

The second presentation was about the Mental Health Integration Hub titled, Community partnership and lived experience: addressing distress by addressing inequality.

It was fabulous to have Mental Health Families and Friends Tasmania and Flourish teams support us at the conference, really highlighting the strong partnerships we have developed. It was also wonderful to hear the resonance between the framework Mary O’Hagan spoke about and how we have approached our codesign at Peacock. Special thanks to Carmel Denholm (MHFF representative) and Tash Smyth (Flourish) for their input into both presentations.

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