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Save the Date | Service User Academia Symposium | Wellington, 1-2 Dec 2014

Creating Connections – Building Bridges Together

This symposium is for…

Service user academics wanting to confer about:

  • The work of service user academics
  • Developing research and teaching skills
  • The barriers and challenges to progressing service user academia

Mental health researchers and educators wanting to confer about:

  • Service user leadership and collaborations in mental health research and teaching
  • Supporting capacity building among service users
  • Establishing links and networks with others already working with or as service user academics

Funders of mental health research and workforce development wanting to confer about:

  • Assessing end-user engagement in mental health research proposals
  • Considering mental health service users’ research priorities
  • Re-orienting or developing training programmes with a recovery foundation and focus

1st and 2nd December 2014
University of Otago Wellington, New Zealand

There will be a cost for this event – yet to be set.

Sarah Gordon
Service User Academic
University of Otago, Wellington

2013 Service User Academia Symposium: Taking Charge of Change


2013 Service User Academia Symposium

Taking Charge of Change

November 25-26

CQUniversity Australia, Melbourne Campus

108 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

The Organising Committee of the 2013 Service User Academia Symposium invite abstracts for 30-minute presentations about the involvement of service users in higher education and research. Abstracts are welcome from current and aspiring service user academics and those who support us.  We are interested in a broad selection of topics ranging from the implementation of service user positions in academia to the development and evaluation of innovative service user led or co-produced research and teaching programmes. As the theme suggests we are particularly interested in change, how this can be initiated, created and managed.

To submit an abstract please send the following information to: Dr Sarah Gordon (sarah.e.gordon@otago.ac.nz) by July 27, 2012. 

For further information please contact:

Dr Sarah Gordon
Service User Academic, Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Wellington
PO Box 7343, Wellington South, New Zealand

0064 7 8235025

0064 21 134 6816




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