Lived Experience Advisory Panel
The Lived Experience Advisory Panel was established in 2015 to facilitate and improve the quality, relevance and knowledge translation of mental health research undertaken at the Institute.
LEAP members are invited to provide perspective and advice on a range of Institute-related activities including research priorities, research methods, implementation and delivery of programs and services, and dissemination of research and information.
Members of the LEAP reflect the diversity of the individuals involved as stakeholders with a lived experience of mental health difficulties, either themselves, or as a carer for someone who has. There is representation across age, gender, socio-economic status, experience, ethnicity, culture, linguistics and sexuality.
History of the project
The establishment of the LEAP group aligns with the Institute's integrated knowledge translation model that has at its foundation the engagement of stakeholders, which, critically, includes individuals who have a lived experience of mental health difficulties.
The LEAP group meet 4 times per year and provides:
- consumer and community perspectives on the research conducted at the Black Dog Institute
- feedback on the methodology, implementation and dissemination of research projects
- evaluation of acceptability of project protocols
- guidance on how to raise awareness of mental health issues in the community
- reports of experiences regarding pathways to care and suggestions on where the gaps are
- perspectives on the use of e-health technologies for mental health including specific apps and online tools
- advice on project documents including consent forms, participant information sheets, study resources
- advice on the use of social media including the Institute website, Twitter, Facebook
- feedback on material designed for community dissemination