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About Us

Lived Experience Australia makes a difference in systemic advocacy by being informed about the issues facing people with mental health issues, their families and carers and using this to influence mental health policy, planning and decision making at local, state and national levels. 

Formed in 2002, Lived Experience Australia was previously known as the Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia) to promote the interests of members of the community requiring private mental health services. While our focus is on private sector mental health services, we provide national systemic advocacy for consumers, families and carers in all mental health settings.

Our activities are making a difference in the mental health sector. We develop high quality resources for consumers, families, carers, clinicians and service providers.

Lived Experience Australia is well informed in the broader sense about issues, needs and concerns that affect people with a mental illness, families and carers. We have close relationships with mental health professional colleges and organisations.


Lived Experience Australia provides a means of maximising participation in mental health reform, policy, planning and decision making

Our Mission

Engage, empower, enable choice in mental health

Our Vision

To promote effective consumer, family and carer advocacy as the driving force behind all changes in mental health services

Our People

Our committed team have a lived experience as a consumer or carer and are focused on systemic advocacy in mental health.

Capability Statement

Our capability statement highlights what LEA can and has done for mental health lived experience consumers, carers, peer workers and staff practitioners to improve mental health services.

Annual Report

See our activities over the last financial year in our Annual Report

Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan outlines the key work and priority areas for Lived Experience Australia from 2023 to 2026. 


Current friends of Lived Experience Australia

Formal submissions to influence mental health policy decisions


Representations to Parliamentary enquiries

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