Inducting the new team
Our team of advocates began work in August, and have been taking part in an induction program designed specifically to prepare them to take up their new roles.
The advocates have a broad range of experience and practice backgrounds including work in the spheres of mental health, homelessness, family violence, drug and alcohol, and refugee and migration. They have worked in a range of roles including social work, nursing, peer practitioner and consumer advocates.
Their induction is covering consumer perspectives and voice, advocacy, mental health clinical settings, and the mental health legal framework. The induction also includes operational matters such as policies and procedures for the new service.
A number of the induction sessions have been co-produced with consumers. Consumers also led and produced one of the induction days and will facilitate one day of the program.
Another feature will be a panel session with key mental health organisations. These include the Mental Health Complaints Commissioner, the Mental Health Tribunal, the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist, mental health services for the aged, youth and adults, and consumer-led organisations.
Helen says: 'We were keen to ensure our advocates had an opportunity to hear a diverse range of voices from across the mental health sector.
'We really appreciate the contribution of the consumers, clinicians, lawyers, advocates, government officials and others who are supporting the delivery of the induction program.
'The team have also been able to get to know each other and learn from each other, as between them there is a huge amount of expertise and rich experience and knowledge.'