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Dr Sarah Gordon
6th service user academia symposium - early bird registration closes end of October

The provisional programme is now available and looks fabulous - an event not to be missed. For all the details and to register go to https://www.canberra.edu.au/research/faculty-research-centres/synergy/service-user-academia-symposium-2016

Regards
Sarah
Dr Sarah Gordon
Message from Peter Bates below:

Hello

I am working in partnership with Ruth Auton from Health Education England (HEE) to create an online Guide for involving service users and carers in nurse education. This work follows a recommendation from the Lord Willis report on nurse education Raising the Bar, published 2015 and often referred to as the Shape of Caring Review. The aim is to have this Guide completed and available online at HEE by the end of March 2017.

My plan is to work in as co-productive a fashion as I can, so that you and others can suggest content and improvements as it goes along. The webpages are in the public domain and are being drafted in realtime, so you can see how it is developing from the start. At the beginning, the material is incomplete and perhaps of poor quality, but as we work together, it should rapidly improve and become a valuable resource, showcasing innovation and good practice from around England and perhaps beyond. I’d be delighted to include something from you.

So please click here to have a look at the draft webpages and then send me your suggestions for improvement, as well as example documents, case studies and other resources you would like to share. Read all the first webpage so you understand more about how it is shaping up, and then click on the blue hyperlinks and buttons to move around the site.

Please also share this invitation with others, and feel free to contact me or Ruth Auton at HEE (r.auton@nhs.net) if there is anything you would like to discuss. I welcome feedback from academics, service users and carers, clinicians, and anyone else with an interest in the field.

It’s an excellent opportunity to shape something that could raise the standard of nurse education across England. I’d be grateful for your support with this important project.


Best wishes

Peter
Dr Sarah Gordon
Go to: https://www.canberra.edu.au/research/faculty-research-centres/synergy/service-user-academia-symposium-2016/_nocache​ to register for the 2016 Service User Academia symposium.

See you there!

Kind Regards
Sarah
Dr Sarah Gordon
Scholarships to attend the 2016 Service User Academia Symposium, Canberra, Australia

The Service User Academia symposium has been run annually since 2011 for the purposes of advancing the discipline of service user academia - the meaningful involvement of service users in mental health and addiction research and teaching.

The 6th Service User Academia symposium will be held at ANU Commons, Rimmer Street, Canberra, Australia, November 21 and 22, with the theme 'Creating Connections and Building Bridges Together: Continuing the Journey.

The co-hosts are pleased to announce the availability of 2 scholarships to support service users to attend.

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must:
• be a New Zealand or Australian citizen or a New Zealand or Australian permanent resident
• identify as a service user/survivor/consumer
• currently involved (in some capacity) in mental health research and/or teaching
• have an interest in developing yourself as a service user academic
• be unable to attend without the support of a scholarship due to significant financial hardship.
• Submit an abstract to present at the symposium

VALUE
Each scholarship has a value of $1750 towards the travel and accommodation expenses associated with attendance; and a registration (valued at approximately $250).

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
Applicants are asked to prepare a written submission of 500-750 words addressing the eligibility criteria and: stating
• what you anticipate getting out of the symposium
• how you intend contributing to the symposium
• how you will use the symposium to build service user academia capacity
All essays must be received at Synergy@act.gov.au by no later than July1 2016.

Recipients of the scholarships shall be selected by a panel comprising of representatives from the University of Otago (NZ), Synergy, University of Canberra and ACT Health(Australia), Central Queensland University (Australia), Australian National University (Australia) and Auckland University of Technology (NZ).

For more information or to submit an application please contact: Synergy@act.gov.au.
Dr Sarah Gordon
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
2016 Service User Academia Symposium

Creating Connections & Building Bridges Together Continuing the Journey

21 and 22 November
ANU Commons
Rimmer St, Canberra ACT 2601
Canberra, Australia

The theme for the 6th Service User Academia Symposium is: Creating Connections & Building Bridges Together: Continuing the Journey. With this in mind, the Organising Committee invite abstracts for this exciting event. Abstracts are welcome from service users holding academic, education or professional development positions or aspiring to do so, and those (non-service users, including carers and health professionals) who promote, support and advocate for these roles in academia and service settings. Whilst presentations about any and all aspects of involving service users in mental health education and research will be considered, this year we continue to be particularly interested in hearing about co-produced work - where service users and others are working as equal partners in all aspects of a mental health research project or teaching programme. We also intend to have a session dedicated to initiatives you have introduced as a result of being connected, informed and/or inspired at previous service user academia symposiums.

For an abstract submission form please contact Sarah Gordon on sarah.e.gordon@otago.ac.nz
Dr Sarah Gordon
Message from Peter Bates

I have been writing a series of How To guides which examine niche topics regarding what happens when experts by experience contribute to research, teaching and governance. You can see them at http://www.peterbates.org.uk/linking-academics-and-communities.html These guides are largely an edited compilation of crowdsourced wisdom. They aim to be a simple introductory text with signposts to further reading and more expertise. Each one focuses on a niche issue that is simple in concept but potentially challenging in reality – like when lay people and academics co-author an academic paper.

I’d really value your help with a new guide. This one considers ‘How To bring your lived experience into the workplace’. I’d like to know how the research process is influenced, at what stage and in what way, by personal lived experience, and how to exercise that influence in the most constructive way.

I’m asking for a single paragraph or a handful of bullet points – that’s all. I have found that asking a diverse group of the right people for just a few reflections generates a rich vein of wisdom. I’ll collate what comes in and send a first draft to everyone who contributes. Every contributor will be properly acknowledged in the text.

Peter

Peter Bates
Associate, National Development Team for Inclusion
Assessor, Advocacy Quality Performance Mark
Associate Fellow, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham
See my personal website at www.peterbates.org.uk
Mob (UK): 07710 439 677
Dr Sarah Gordon
Service User Academia Symposium 2016
Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Will be held at
ANU Commons, Australian National University
26 Barry Drive, Canberra
Hold the dates – more to follow
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Dr Sarah Gordon
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH EVENT OF THE YEAR

Service User Academia Symposium 2015
Creating Connections – Building Bridges Together: One Step Closer


To view the final programme and abstracts and register go to: http://www.otago.ac.nz/wellington/departments/psychologicalmedicine/otago074365.html


Dr Sarah Gordon, PhD, MBHL, LLB, BSc
Service User Academic
Department of Psychological Medicine
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Otago, Wellington
PO Box 7343
Wellington South
New Zealand​
Dr Sarah Gordon
Service User Academia Symposium 2015​
Creating Connections – Building Bridges Together: One Step Closer
Early-bird registration ($200 (NZD) + GST) for the 5th Service User Academia symposium to be held in Auckland, New Zealand on the 30th November/1st December 2015 has been extended but there are only 20 spaces left so GET IN QUICK.

To register go to: http://www.otago.ac.nz/wellington/departments/psychologicalmedicine/otago074365.html


Dr Sarah Gordon, PhD, MBHL, LLB, BSc
Service User Academic
Department of Psychological Medicine
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Otago, Wellington
PO Box 7343
Wellington South
New Zealand
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Lisa Thompson
Lisa Thompson What a great event - I wish I could attend this year! Have any plans been made for 2016 or thereafter?
2nd November
Dr Sarah Gordon
Dr Sarah Gordon We are thinking Australia (Canberra) next year but it may be that we turn it into a bi-annual event. It is a lot of work to run on a yearly basis although it is so worth it!!!
2nd November
Lisa Thompson
Lisa Thompson I can imagine it would be an enormous amount of work, but as you say, so worthwhile. If you could use an additional pair of hands, I would be very willing to lend mine - I was an Executive Assistant for seven years prior to starting my PhD, so am well-versed in event management!
2nd November
Dr Sarah Gordon
Service User Academia Symposium 2015

Creating Connections – Building Bridges Together: One Step Closer

The provisional programme and abstracts can now be viewed at:

http://www.otago.ac.nz/wellington/departments/psychologicalmedicine/otago074365.html

Please note that places are strictly limited so share with your colleagues and networks NOW!
Dr Sarah Gordon
Have you worked or volunteered on an early
intervention in psychosis program or project as
a peer? Interested in sharing your experiences
and perceptions of challenges and needs?

In consultation with early intervention peer staff & peer leaders, researchers at
Stanford have developed a survey concerning peers’ and young people’s
experiences, challenges and perceived priorities in early intervention in psychosis
(EIP) programs, nationally and internationally. We invite participation from peers
with any experience of EIP-related work (including planning, policy, peer support,
evaluation and/or research).

What: We have developed an online survey for peers
that includes both open-ended and close-ended
questions about their experiences. The survey should
take about 30 minutes to complete.

Who: Peers with experience working or volunteering on an
early intervention in psychosis project or service.
Reimbursement: There is no reimbursement for participation.
Direct Link: https://stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6hRZ3VIaFvwPzkF

Nev Jones PhD
nevjones@stanford.edu
or (773) 639-8360
www.voicesoutside.org
Dr Sarah Gordon
Service User Academia Symposium 2015
Creating Connections – Building Bridges Together: One Step Closer
The 5th Service User Academia symposium will be held in Auckland, New Zealand on the 30th November/1st December 2015 with the theme being 'Creating Connections and Building Bridges Together: One Step Closer'.

Co-hosted by Auckland University of Technology, University of Otago, Central Queensland University, ACT Health and the University of Canberra; and sponsored by the Health Promotion Agency and Mind and Body; this symposium is for service users holding academic, education or professional development positions or aspiring to do so, and those (usually non-service users) who promote, support and advocate for these roles in academia and service settings.

Key-note speakers: Dr Jackie Liggins (University of Auckland and Counties Manukau Health) and Professor Brenda Happell (University of Canberra and ACT Health)

Service user academic or educator? Interested in being one? A supporter of service-user involvement? Some-one with a broader interest? This conference is for you!.

Full EARLY BIRD registration $200 (NZD) + GST

To register go to: http://www.otago.ac.nz/wellington/departments/psychologicalmedicine/otago074365.html

Please note that places are strictly limited so share with your colleagues and networks NOW!

Dr Sarah Gordon, PhD, MBHL, LLB, BSc
Service User Academic
Department of Psychological Medicine
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Otago, Wellington
PO Box 7343
Wellington South
New Zealand
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Dr Sarah Gordon
Scholarships to attend the 2015 Service User Academia Symposium

Attendance at this symposium is ‘soul food’ for me on an intellectual, physically and emotional level providing me with an opportunity to connect with, and learn from, my peers. I find that being there with ‘my people’ and our allies affirms, encourages and challenges me in my work. – Lyn Mahboub, 2014 scholarship recipient.

The Service User Academia symposium has been run annually since 2011 for the purposes of advancing the discipline of service user academia - the meaningful involvement of service users in mental health and addiction research and teaching.

The 5th Service User Academia symposium will be held in Auckland, New Zealand on the 30th November/1st December 2015 with the theme being 'Creating Connections and Building Bridges Together: One Step Closer'.

The co-hosts are pleased to announce the availability of 2 scholarships to support service users to attend.

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must:
• be a New Zealand or Australian citizen or a New Zealand or Australian permanent resident
• identify as a service user/survivor/consumer
• currently involved (in some capacity) in mental health research and/or teaching
• have an interest in developing yourself as a service user academic
• not currently in paid employment of more than one day per week
• be unable to attend without the support of a scholarship.

VALUE
Each scholarship has a value of $1750 to go towards the travel and accommodation expenses associated with attendance; and a registration (valued at approximately $250).

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
Applicants are asked to prepare a 500-750 word essay explicating how you fit the criteria and:
• what you anticipate getting out of the symposium
• how you intend contributing to the symposium
• how you will use the symposium to build service user academia capacity

All essays must be received by Dr Sarah Gordon no later than no later than 30th June 2015.

Recipients of the scholarships shall be selected by a panel comprising of representatives from the University of Otago (NZ), the University of Canberra (Australia), ACT Health (Australia), Central Queensland University(Australia), and Auckland University of Technology (NZ).

For more information or to submit an essay:
Dr Sarah Gordon
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago Wellington
Telephone Number: 0064 7 8235025
Email Address: sarah.e.gordon@otago.ac.nz
Dr Sarah Gordon
Reminder: Abstracts due in 1 week

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
2015 Service User Academia Symposium

Creating Connections & Building Bridges Together One Step Closer

30th November/1st December 2015
Auckland, New Zealand

We have new co-hosts, new sponsors and more scholarships…all to be announced shortly…but our focus for 2015 remains the same: Creating Connections & Building Bridges Together. With this in mind, the Organising Committee invite abstracts for the 2015 Service User Academia Symposium. Abstracts are welcome from service users holding academic, education or professional development positions or aspiring to do so, and those (usually non-service users) who promote, support and advocate for these roles in academia and service settings. Whilst presentations about any and all aspects of involving service users in mental health education and research will be considered, this year we continue to be particularly interested in hearing about co-produced work - where service users and others are working as equal partners in all aspects of a mental health research project or teaching programme. We also intend to have a session dedicated to initiatives you have introduced as a result of being connected, informed and/or inspired at previous service user academia symposiums. This year we have two presentation formats available: (i) 30 minute papers (20 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes questions); (ii) Posters.

To submit an abstract please contact Sarah Gordon for an abstract submission form, complete and return by June 12th, 2015.

Dr Sarah Gordon, Service User Academic, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington, PO Box 7343, Wellington, New Zealand,
ph. 0064 7 8235025/0064 21 134 6816; e-mail: Sarah.e.gordon@otago.ac.nz
Dr Sarah Gordon
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
2015 Service User Academia Symposium

Creating Connections & Building Bridges Together One Step Closer

30th November/1st December 2015
Auckland, New Zealand

We have new co-hosts, new sponsors and more scholarships…all to be announced shortly…but our focus for 2015 remains the same: Creating Connections & Building Bridges Together. With this in mind, the Organising Committee invite abstracts for the 2015 Service User Academia Symposium. Abstracts are welcome from service users holding academic, education or professional development positions or aspiring to do so, and those (usually non-service users) who promote, support and advocate for these roles in academia and service settings. Whilst presentations about any and all aspects of involving service users in mental health education and research will be considered, this year we continue to be particularly interested in hearing about co-produced work - where service users and others are working as equal partners in all aspects of a mental health research project or teaching programme. We also intend to have a session dedicated to initiatives you have introduced as a result of being connected, informed and/or inspired at previous service user academia symposiums. This year we have two presentation formats available: (i) 30 minute papers (20 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes questions); (ii) Posters.

To submit an abstract please contact Sarah Gordon for an abstract submission form, complete and return by June 12th, 2015.

Dr Sarah Gordon, Service User Academic, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington, PO Box 7343, Wellington, New Zealand,
ph. 0064 7 8235025/0064 21 134 6816; e-mail: Sarah.e.gordon@otago.ac.nz
Dr Sarah Gordon
SAVE THE DATE

SAVE THE DATE

SAVE THE DATE

2015 Service User Academia Symposium

For anyone with an interest in mental health research or teaching, this is the most inspirational, illuminating and enriching conference you can attend, but don't take our word for it.....

The symposium was not only very stimulating and educational for us it has also created opportunities for us in terms of work. We have made valuable connections and conversations are abuzz with thoughts of further study and potential learning opportunities

- 2014 symposium attendee

WOW, service users in academia, AMAZING ......when I think cost for 2 days compared with cost for other conferences. So hard to pick what to go to, so many totally outstanding people......

- 2014 symposium attendee

It was a great pleasure to take part…made me wish I’d been a regular attender L. I found the overseas people particularly stimulating and made a couple of really good contacts.

- 2014 symposium attendee

I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to attend and meet so many amazing people who opened my eyes to the role that service users have in academia in NZ and overseas. It also firmed up my awareness of the lack of involvement of service users in teaching and research in psychology, and next year I’m starting the process of gradually building up that aspect in the paper I teach

- 2014 symposium attendee

SAVE THE DATE:

30th November/1st December 2015

Auckland, New Zealand
Dr Sarah Gordon
In the absence of my having prepared and posted monthly 'blogs' for quite some time - in fact, I think I only ever got around to doing 2 - I have just now bombarded you with my key-note address from the 2014 service user academia symposium through a number of posts. You will hopefully see from that that I do have a good excuse - heaps of work!!!!

On the back of this years fabulous event - I am pleased to advise that the 2015 Service User Academia symposium will be held in Auckland, NZ; 30th November & 1st December 2015 - get it in your diary now!

In the meantime I wish you and yours a very merry and safe Xmas

Best wishes
Sarah
Dr Sarah Gordon
So, what does all of this mean in terms of the now and the future? Well, personally I had my performance review last week and it went well……I think. It is fabulous to have all this work on. However it does have its challenges – if everything that we have in the pipeline comes off it will mean that the work under the service user academia umbrella in our Department has gone from.4 full-time equivalent (FTE) to 2.0FTE in the space of a year. However, most of this work involves short-term contracts with tight deadlines, and the insecurity of long-term tenure, both of which result in pressure and can compromise wellness. I can only speak for myself but several years ago now I made a promise to myself and my family that I would never try and work full-time again as it does compromise my wellness. At present, I am currently breaking that promise. It may be selfish but that is why I firmly believe one of our most pressing issues is growing capacity. How do we do that? Well, my new vision is for a school of service user academia. Some of you may think – well, I am not academic and/or I am not capable of being academic. That takes me back to where I began. At the age of 17 I was diagnosed after being committed to a psychiatric hospital. After 6 months I was discharged with strict instructions that independent living would not be an option and that a return to university would not be wise. I have never lived independently and obviously now I live with my husband and two children. In terms of the return to University my parents were not compliant. You see, their beliefs about who I was, and perhaps more importantly, their expectations of what I was capable of, never diminished. Rather than encouraging me to forget university, they organised (and paid for) wrap around mental health support to enable me to realise my dream.
At the beginning this involved one paper per semester and about 15 hours mental health support to enable me to do that, so not the best cost/benefit investment. I consider myself very lucky, without even knowing it, my family practised the support of recovery from the very beginning of my journey with mental illness. In particular, they focused on supporting me to pursue my aspirations and hence my treatment became focused on enabling me to do that and not simply only symptom or medication management. What I have been able to achieve as a result of this has consequently supported me to develop a positive identity. The completion of my PhD and confirmation of the title ‘Dr’ has perhaps been most significant. This is somewhat embarrassing to admit but one of the mantras that my head replays, particularly at times when I am struggling, is – please join me in welcoming Dr Sarah Gordon. It is our aspirations, whatever they may be, that recovery is all about; and I hope for some of you that might mean service user academia.
Some of you will be aware that in recent years I often resort to my sanitary pad peels to conclude presentations – so much, in fact, that some people have come to know me as the sanitary pad lady. For those of you that haven’t yet experienced the sanitary pad label finale, let me explain - This particular brand (Libra, I think they are) print quirky facts on the back of their labels. I think this is a strategy to try and increase women’s general knowledge and really what better way, to target those busy busy people, than through their toilet time. I think that Libra with wings should now be a key communication strategy for all our health promotion projects. Anyway, what did my peel have to say: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

The end.
Dr Sarah Gordon
By the third group, when service users and psychiatrists met together, having first had the opportunity to explore their own and each other’s views, there was concordance on a number of key issues. These included the shared position that medications can work well and have a place, particularly in short-term prescribing; that a holistic view to sleep problems in service users should be adopted, with non-medication adjuncts being used in addition to medication; the importance of the doctor-service user relationship when negotiating the use or discontinuation of hypnosedatives; the importance of the timing of discontinuing hypnosedatives, planning for it and reviewing their use; and the level of agreement between the groups.
What we had not anticipated was the extent to which psychiatrists also felt disempowered generally and how the process also served to empower them. At the final focus group both service users and psychiatrists expressed surprise at how similar their views were. This obviously came after both had spent time considering their own views and that of each other separately. We wonder whether the place they arrived at in the third focus group would have been the same if not for the previous groups. In being asked to reflect on the process both service users and psychiatrists were unanimous in their view that it was of immense value in supporting them to understand and explore the subject under study in more depth and indeed, should be utilised to research a number of other important areas.

Continued in next post

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