Lived experience in evaluation: Power

Lived experience in evaluation: Power

This is part two of a two-part article that draws on my recent presentation at the TheMHS 2021 conference. Part one is here.  I’ve written before that evaluators perhaps don’t attend enough to issues of power in their projects. When thinking about how to write about...
Some thoughts about workforce reform

Some thoughts about workforce reform

When the final report from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System was first released, I had lots of initial thoughts – some positive, some negative. But the area where I felt most disappointment was workforce. At the time I planned to write...
Masterchef… and men’s mental health

Masterchef… and men’s mental health

I’m a big Masterchef fan. I love food, I love stories, I love Melissa Leong’s choice in BIG earrings – what isn’t there to love?! So it was with some trepidation that I approached the last 15 minutes of tonight’s episode. Channel 10 had been promoting an emotional...
Interviewing with a lived experience

Interviewing with a lived experience

I’m a qualitative researcher by background and doing one-on-one interviews is my research happy place. I’m currently knee-deep in interviews across a couple of projects, and I’ve been reflecting on how my lived experience as a mental health consumer helps make me a...
Commission submissions

Commission submissions

I have a list as long as my arm of blog posts I have been meaning to write of late, not least a reflection or two on the recent Royal Commission Report into the Victorian Mental Health System. Unfortunately, they are all on the backburner a bit as I focus on client...