Abstract Title: Embedding ‘lived experience’ engagement within PHNs
Presentation Type: General
Author(s): Paula Arro and Tim Heffernan
In recognition of the contribution of people with a lived experience of mental illness and/or suicide as central to the mental health system, the Department of Health has developed guidelines for Primary Health Networks (PHNs) that set out a clear framework for consumer and carer participation and more recently Peer Workforce.
In June/July 2018, Brisbane North PHN was invited by the Department of Health to chair and provide secretariat support to a newly established the National PHN Mental Health Lived Experience Engagement Network (MHLEEN) to assist in improving and embedding ‘lived experience’ engagement within the PHNs, commissioning cycles and commissioned services.
The key purpose of the MHLEEN is to provide support to PHNs in a way that enables them to create an enhanced operational environment that supports not only lived experience and co-design within commissioning mental health and suicide prevention services but also is mobilised from within PHNs themselves. Activities have included
- Collating and disseminating a stocktake of where PHNs are up to
- Circulating good practice ideas for co-design and commissioning cycles
- Maintaining a MHLEEN website on the National PHN SharePoint
- Attending meetings of the Mental Health Reform Stakeholder
- Have regular ZOOM monthly meetings and bi-annual planning and
- Presenting to the PHN National Stepped Care Workshops on progress
Membership is open to all PHNs and relevant staff with responsibility for Consumer, Carer and Lived Experience Engagement.
This presentation will provide a perspective from two of its members who have a lived experience and are employed by PHN’s, Tim Heffernan (Mental Health Peer Coordinator – Coordinare & Assistant Commissioner NSW Mental Health Commission) and Paula Arro (Consumer and Carer Participation Coordinator, Brisbane North PHN).