Community Education

The Network is proud to facilitate a number of free training workshops for consumers to attend. All our workshops have been designed with consumers, for consumers.

Our core training program is the Self-Advocacy and Consumer Representation Training (SCR) course. SCR is about the individual exercising their personal skills so that the consumer voice is heard, listened to, and acted upon.

This course supports you, the consumer, to identify how effective you can be as a self-advocate and be a voice for other consumers.

Additional options for consumers following the completion of SCR include Co-Facilitation and Mentoring training. These workshops give consumers more options to be involved with the work of the Network, by assisting in the delivering of training to consumers and/or support new Consumer Representatives in their committee roles.

In addition, we also offer workshops in Understanding the NDIS for Peer Workers. This workshop aims to assist Mental Health Peer Workers to support consumers apply for an NDIS package for help with their psychosocial disability.

You can read more about our training programs on the Community Education page.

Peer Education

The Peer Education program is a peer led program that delivers free workshops to consumers that are of a practical nature for their recovery journeys.

The My Rights, My Decisions education program is the cornerstone of the Network’s Peer Education program. Developed with consumers and other stakeholders as part of the Peer Education program, the My Rights, My Decisions Form Kit supports consumers to put in place key information in regards to their treatment and support if they become unwell in the future. Further information, including a copy of the Form Kit, is available on the My Rights, My Decisions page.

The Network is pleased to offer PeerZone workshops to consumers. These workshops are facilitated by a person with lived experience of mental illness and/or addiction, and aim to support participants to develop their skills and empowerment in their recovery journey.

Consumer Representative Program

The Consumer Representative Program (CRP) is the foundation activity of the Network. It is the way people who have lived experience of mental illness can directly provide feedback and recommendations about how to improve the system to health services in the ACT. The CRP is a volunteer program, however, all participants receive reimbursements to cover their reasonable costs of participation.

Consumer Representatives use their understanding of systems, their own lived experience and the lived experience of others to inform their approach for advocating for systemic change.

Consumer Representation can be a powerful medium that benefits all mental health consumers who need mental health services. If you have lived experience of mental illness you too could participate in the CRP.

You can read more about the CRP on the Consumer Representative Program page.

Policy Program

The Policy Program coordinates the collation of consumer input and feedback on a range of issues, policy and service developments that have, or can have, an effect on consumers and their recovery journeys. The de-identifiable information collected is then documented into Submissions that are sent through to the requesting party.

The Policy Coordinator also facilitates the Policy Reference Group, made up of consumers, which reviews the policies of requesting organisations, providing feedback and guiding the policy priorities of the Network