Authors: Catherine D’Angelo and Sally Cineta, NSW
Event: 2015 TheMHS Conference
Subject: 2015 Conference Book of Proceedings, RichmondPRA
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Would you like to see people with lived experience of mental health issues take on the role of researcher - actively leading research rather than being the passive subjects of it? Sally and Catherine will show you how it was done at RichmondPRA, a Community Managed Organisation committed to recovery principles, including research led by people with lived experience. Sally and Catherine describe the thinking behind the course ‘Discovering Research’ which they attended over six weeks. Developed by a RichmondPRA researcher and a person with lived experience of mental health issues, it was presented to learners including people accessing RichmondPRA services and peer workers. The course covered eight topics relevant to basic quantitative and qualitative research methods. It emphasised the need for rigour in research as well as ethical issues and presentation skills. Since then, the presenters have been referring research opportunities to former learners as they come to light.