MHLEEN (Mental Health Lived Experience Engagement Network) Annual Forum 2023

The network hosts an annual forum each year to support and build capacity of Primary Health Networks, MHLEEN Lived Experience Advocacy Delegates – LEAD (see attached), Lived Experience Workforce and other key stakeholders.

The overall aims of the forum are:

  • To discuss and analyse what and how the current system, reforms, priorities and recommendations are moving towards authentic engagement and workforce development
  • To hear from and have discussions with Lived Experience Leaders on perspectives of co-design, co-production and Lived Experience Workforce Development
  • To present and share case studies of good and best practice along with learnings from other PHN’s and LEAD’ers
  • To articulate key priorities for MHLEEN/LEAD for the next 12 months including recommendations to the Department and Executive.

MHFFTas was represented by Carmel Denholm who is a FFRP representative.  She shared her thoughts on the conference:

  • It was so positive to be in a room with others who understand and “get it” – consumers, carers, peer workers, and staff from PHNs (Primary Health Networks)
  • The shared resources are invaluable (which we have shared in our May newsletter)
  • We discussed the current system, reforms and priorities …
  • Meeting and hearing from passionate Lived Experience Leaders was heart-warming and motivating
  • To share case studies of good and best practices, we shared the MHFFTas Advocacy Toolkit
  • The opportunity to identify priorities for MHLEEN/LEAD for the next year will have a positive outcome for Tasmanian families and friends

We thank Primary Health Tasmania for providing funding for MHFFTas to represent Tasmania, and Carmel for sharing her feedback.

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