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Scholarships to attend the 2015 Service User Academia Symposium in Auckland

“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:
Contact Dr Sarah Gordon
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago Wellington
Telephone Number: 0064 7 8235025
Email Address: sarah.e.gordon@otago.ac.nz

Call for abstracts: 2015 Service User Academia Symposium

“Creating Connections & Building Bridges Together One Step Closer” will take place on the 30th of November and the 1st of December 2015 in Auckland.

Presentations will be about any and all aspects of service users involved in mental health education and research, but this year there will be a particular focus on 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.

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. To submit an abstract please complete the attached form and send to: Dr Sarah Gordon (sarah.e.gordon@otago.ac.nz) by June 12th, 2015.

For further information please contact:
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