Co-producing safe, inclusive work places for mental health consumer workers

How should we change the mental health system to safely include consumer workers?

Consumer workers are an essential feature of a mental health service system that is equitable, democratic and responsive to the needs of mental health consumers. Yet they experience ongoing problems with their treatment in the workplace. While this workforce is growing in size in Victoria, there has been minimal consideration of the organisational change required to fully incorporate consumer workers in way that is safe and inclusive.

Co-produced with consumer workers, this project aims to increase the understanding of the workplace safety experiences of the consumer workforce in order to develop recommendations for organisational and systemic change.

Dr Kath Sellick [Department of Social Work]

Vrinda Edan [Centre for Psychiatric Nursing]

A/Prof Susan Ainsworth [Department of Management and Marketing]

Cath Roper [Centre for Psychiatric Nursing]

Emma Cadogan [Department of Health and Human Services]

Krystyn Smale [Melbourne Health]

Deb Carlon [Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council]

For information about this project, please contact:

Dr Kath Sellick
Department of Social Work
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Phone +61 3 8344 7294

Email: kathryn.sellick@unimelb.edu.au