CALD Mental Health Consumer and Carer Group Members

  • CALD Mental Health Consumer and Carer Group Members

    Organisation: National Multicultural Mental Health Project

    Location: National (Australia-wide)

    Duration: Initial appointment for one year with annual renewal until mid-2025

    Applications Close: Please refer to the application form for the deadline.

    About the Role: We are seeking individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to join the CALD Mental Health Consumer and Carer Group. This group plays a crucial role in advising the National Multicultural Mental Health Project, ensuring it reflects the views and interests of CALD mental health consumers and carers across Australia.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Provide advice and insights on multicultural mental health, representing the views and interests of CALD mental health consumers and carers.
    • Assist in the project’s implementation and contribute to meaningful outcomes.
    • Support the distribution of national approaches and connect with local multicultural communities.

    Requirements:

    • Personal experience living with mental health issues, either as a consumer or a carer.
    • Ability to represent the views and interests of mental health consumers or carers beyond personal experience.
    • Links to community are highly regarded.

    Benefits:

    • Sitting fees for participation in face-to-face and online meetings, and (where applicable) for participation in the National Multicultural Mental Health Project Alliance meetings.
    • Travel and accommodation expenses for face-to-face meetings are covered.

     

    Background

    The National Multicultural Mental Health Project seeks members for the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Mental Health Consumer and Carer Group. This initiative is central to ensuring that the project aligns with the needs and perspectives of CALD mental health consumers and carers across Australia. The group will consist of up to 16 members, representing each state and territory, to embody a wide array of communities, languages, genders, ages, migration experiences, and geographic locations, including rural and regional areas. Members will engage with their communities to bring forth critical issues affecting CALD mental health consumers and carers, providing pivotal advice for the project’s direction. This engagement is crucial for facilitating culturally and linguistically appropriate dialogues and interventions. The appointment to the group is for a one-year term or until the project concludes on 31 December 2020, with the possibility of annual renewal until the end of project activities. For further details, refer to the Draft Terms of Reference.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What is the National Multicultural Mental Health Project? The project aims to enhance the mental health and suicide prevention framework for individuals from CALD backgrounds, focusing on improving service accessibility and quality. By supporting mental health providers in cultural responsiveness, the project endeavors to make mental health services more accessible to CALD communities.

    How does the CALD Mental Health Lived Experience Group contribute? The group advises on multicultural mental health expertise, assists in project implementation, supports the distribution of national approaches, and provides connections to local multicultural communities. Members also contribute to the project’s oversight and decision-making through the National Multicultural Mental Health Project Alliance.

    Project Duration: The group will operate throughout the funded period of the project, concluding in mid 2025. Memberships are renewed annually.

    How to Apply: Interested candidates can apply via the provided link, following the instructions in the application document. For assistance, contact the FECCA office at (02) 6282 5755.

    Qualifications/Experience Needed: No specific qualifications are required, but personal experience with mental health issues, either as a consumer or carer, and the ability to represent broader community views are essential.

    Contribution of Ideas: The group is encouraged to share their strategies and solutions for improving mental health outcomes, which will be considered by the project’s oversight body.

    Meetings: The next meeting is scheduled for March 2024 in Canberra, with additional face-to-face and monthly online meetings planned.

    Compensation: Members receive sitting fees for participation in meetings, with travel and accommodation expenses covered by Mental Health Australia for face-to-face gatherings.

    More Information: For more about the group and project, visit www.embracementalhealth.org.au or contact the FECCA office for application queries and Mental Health Australia for project-related questions.

    Application Process: For detailed information on how to apply, please click on the provided link to access the application form. Should you have any queries during the application process, contact the FECCA office at (02) 6282 5755.

    More Information: For further details about the project and the group, please visit www.embracementalhealth.org.au.

    Contact:

    • For application-related queries: Lauren Stark, lauren@fecca.org.au, (02) 6282 5755
    • For project-related queries: Mental Health Australia, (02) 6285 3100

    Application Deadline: Please submit your completed application by 10am AEST on 26 February 2020 to admin@fecca.org.au. For inquiries or further details about the application process, reach out to Lauren Stark at lauren@fecca.org.au or call 02 6282 5755.

    This is an exceptional opportunity to contribute to a significant national effort in improving mental health services and outcomes for CALD communities across Australia. We look forward to your applications and the valuable perspectives you will bring to the National Multicultural Mental Health Project.