S39: Strengthening the culture of research in a community managed mental health organisation.

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Authors: Priscilla Ennals, Dave Peters

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Change, Innovation, Reform,Lived Experience, Recovery,Research & Evaluation Informing Practice

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Neami has invested in research for over ten years and continues to develop its mandate for research that involves consumers and has an impact in the lives of the people we support. Consumer involvement has been strengthened through appointment of a consumer co-chair to our Research and Evaluation Committee, and through building consumer involvement into the choice, design, conduct and dissemination of research projects. This presentation will describe the Committee’s role in projects at Neami and how this ensures findings can directly influence service provision. We aim to support and undertake research on the big issues that impact people with mental illness, using consultation to direct this process. We want to evaluate our programs and practices using action approaches that feed into continuous improvement. In a period of volatile system change we aim to draw on best practice international research, and our own research, to inform what we do and how we do it. Consumer involvement in research fits the Neami vision of full citizenship; supporting consumers to create, position and share the knowledge that matters to them.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: The audience will understand the mechanisms Neami is using to strengthen the culture of research across the organisation, the projects we are involved in and how research is transforming our practice.

Learning Objective 2: Demand for evidence based service provision continues but consumers have a right to determine and be involved in, the production of knowledge that influences practice.

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