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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

Service User Academia Symposium 2014: Creating Connections – Building Bridges Together

Don’t miss this exciting conference to be held on the 1st and 2nd of December 2014, University of Otago, Wellington.

The program will include presentations from the UK, Canada, Norway, Ireland and Scotland, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Keynote speakers – Dr Sarah Gordon, Service User Academic, University of Otago; and Tane Rangihuna and Sarah O’Connor from Kites Trust.

Service user academic or educator? Interested in being one? A supporter of service-user involvement? Some-one with a broader interest? This conference is for you!

Full registration $200 (NZD)

To register go to: http://www.otago.ac.nz/wellington/departments/psychologicalmedicine/otago074365.html

Registrations are open for the 5th Addiction Research Symposium on 14 March in Christchurch

Registrations are open for the 5th Addiction Research Symposium on 14 March in Christchurch, organised by the University of Auckland, University of Otago and Victoria University of Wellington, with support from Matua Raki. This is an opportunity for New Zealand addiction researchers and research students to meet, share their work and discuss issues of common interest.

When: 14 March 2014 9:00 am—5:00 pm
Where: Beaven Lecture Theatre (7th floor), 2 Riccarton Ave, University of Otago, Christchurch

For further Information:
Contact Matua Raki project leader Klare Braye, or register your attendance below.

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.


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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