Authors: J. Anthony (Tony) Turner, Jenny Sperling, NSW
Event: 2003 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Consumer Researchers, COLLABORATION
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Consumers in the role of researchers working as a team with academics and university staff, mental health workers and other consumers is a relatively new endeavour. This paper examines one such example. Collaboration can be defined as an association in literary, artistic or scientific labour and this analysis of the project examines many of those associations. The relationships forged during this project are examined and the power imbalances inherent in some of these relationships are identified and examined in detail. The characteristics of these relationships such as respect for each other, being equal partners and having an equal say are looked at in an unique way. All of these relationships interacted with each other as the project went from information sessions, to training, to running focus groups, to analysis of transcripts, to writing skills workshops, and to analysis of evaluation models. The interactions of persons involved in the project are examined as we moved through each of these stages.
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