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The ALIVE
Lived-Experience
Research Collective

The ALIVE Lived-Experience Research Collective provides opportunities for mental health researchers with lived-experience (both individuals who identify as experiencing mental-ill health and carer/family researchers), lived-experience and carer/family researchers in community or government organisations and people who partner for co-design and co-production with lived-expertise to find tailored mentor programs, training opportunities and a place to grow expertise.

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— WHAT IS THE ALIVE LIVED-EXPERIENCE RESEARCH COLLECTIVE

Who is the lived-experience research collective for?

The Lived-Experience research collective is for people with Lived-Experience or carer/family focused researchers enrolled in university higher degree programs, and all researchers at all stages of their career with Lived-Experience as either individuals experiencing mental ill-health or carer/family members. It includes membership of people with Lived-Expertise based in community or government organisations engaged in research, and people who partner for co-design and co-production in mental health research who identify as having lived-expertise.

What are the benefits of joining?

Australia’s first dedicated nation-wide research collective by and for Lived-Experience mental health researchers and carer/family researchers. The network offers training, events, mentorship, peer exchanges, and access to resource opportunities to grow collaboration with lived-experience researchers and to support goals for implementation of new models of mental health care and innovations to improve experiences and outlooks in Australia.

What can I expect?

Programs for researchers across settings with Lived-Experience and carer/family researchers with tailored mentoring, training, events, and peer exchange programs facilitated between people with Lived-Experience and university-based researchers to foster understanding and grow expertise.

— ALIVE Forum

The forum offers a place for dialogue and exchange for lived-experience researchers engaged in mental health research.

Membership includes lived-experience researchers in community organisations or governments working on mental health research projects and people with lived-experience who may partner with researchers for co-design or co-production research so that they connect with others.

It’s a supportive forum to share experiences, grow networks, and to talk about skills and training needs that people might benefit from, including building lived-expertise as an evidence base.

Apply Now

The ALIVE Lived-Experience Research Collective Forum is a supportive, safe and anonymous space.

We ask you to read the following before posting to the forum:

Getting started

Share ideas, talk about skills that work for lived-experience researchers and participate in research focused conversations within posts and threads.

Our principles for participation

Here are our principles for participation for the ALIVE Lived-Experience Research Collective Forum. This space is created for everyone to feel welcome and safe in their interactions. If you notice that the principles of participation are not being put into practice, please get in touch with us.

Forum FAQs

Here are the principles of participation for the ALIVE Lived-Experience Research Collective – these have been co-created by and for mental health researchers with lived-experience to support safety in online dialogue, cooperative practices and shared agreements. Please get in touch with us at [email protected] for more information or if see any concerning language or practices you need to discuss.

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— ALIVE Forum

The forum offers a place for dialogue and exchange for lived-experience researchers engaged in mental health research.

Membership includes lived-experience researchers in community organisations or governments working on mental health research projects and people with lived-experience who may partner with researchers for co-design or co-production research so that they connect with others.

It’s a supportive forum to share experiences, grow networks, and to talk about skills and training needs that people might benefit from, including building lived-expertise as an evidence base.

Register Now

The ALIVE Lived-Experience Research Collective Forum is a supportive, safe and anonymous space.

We ask you to read the following before posting to the forum:

Getting started

Share ideas, talk about skills that work for lived-experience researchers and participate in research focused conversations within posts and threads.

Our principles for participation

Here are our principles for participation for the ALIVE Lived-Experience Research Collective Forum. This space is created for everyone to feel welcome and safe in their interactions. If you notice that the principles of participation are not being put into practice, please get in touch with us.

Forum FAQs

Here are the principles of participation for the ALIVE Lived-Experience Research Collective – these have been co-created by and for mental health researchers with lived-experience to support safety in online dialogue, cooperative practices and shared agreements. Please get in touch with us at [email protected] for more information or if see any concerning language or practices you need to discuss.

Read more