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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

Results Released: NZ Mental Health Service Users Research Priorities

Researchers from the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago, Wellington, have released the results of a study that explored what NZ mental-health service-users and tangata whai ora view as priority research areas. Lived experience perspectives on research are important because they help to ensure that the human sciences are studying what matters most to those who are most affected by the research results.

The present document (link below) provides a summary of the results of the study. This includes the demographics of the 153 participants who responded, the top rated and reported general areas of mental health research, the top rated topics of mental health research overall and the highest rated topic within each area. The responses of Māori participants have been analysed and reported as part of the full dataset and as a separate Māori specific dataset. Participants made the most of the option to comment in their own words throughout the questionnaire and this provides a real richness to the data. Hence, through this summary document we have reported a significant amount of that material in support of the descriptive results. We encourage you to disseminate this results summary widely, including through the communication channels of consumer and tāngata whai ora networks specifically, and to promote them whenever, wherever and however you can.