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Shifting paradigms: Future mental health research, policy and practice

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RMIT University, Megaflex, Building 8, Level 4, Room 13

360 Swanston St

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Shifting paradigms: Conversations on developing a transformative agenda for future mental health research, policy and practice

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Contemporary mental health research is often criticised for privileging the voices of experts, certain modes of knowledge production and care practices. This has historically been and continues to be the subject of significant debate and political action primarily driven by mental health advocates.

To produce meaningful knowledge underpinning the organisation of mental health care, advocates argue that there must be a consideration of diverse types of knowledge – driven by ‘experts by experience’ in collaboration with other researchers. In other words, there needs to be a careful examination of how knowledge is produced, who produces it, and for whom it is produced.

How do we attend to diverse voices and embrace shifts in paradigms? We propose beginning with a conversation which brings together various perspectives.

To mark World Mental Health Day 2019, the Mental Health Group within the Social Research in Health Program at the Social and Global Studies Centre (SGSC) is hosting three distinguished speakers from the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council, the University of New South Wales and Radboud University, the Netherlands. Join us for an afternoon of stimulating conversation on approaches to meaningful engagement with experts by experience to transform the agenda for mental health research, policy and practice.

This event will be chaired by Renata Kokanović and Chris Maylea.

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RMIT University, Megaflex, Building 8, Level 4, Room 13

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