I mean, when someone comes to us and says would you sponsor a symposium, it's not always easy. We have to be be careful with our funding, and ensure it meets our goals both organisationally and those of our funding agreements.
So, when Finding North Network approached us about their e-Symposium titled "Perspectives 2024: Amplifying Lived Experience perspectives for Connection, Awareness and Change" it didn't take long to work out how closely aligned this was.
We are proud and pleased to be associated with this event.
Perspectives 2024 runs over two afternoons, 19th and 20th March, from 12:30 til 5:00pm and sessions are recorded if you miss something.
Day 1: Tuesday, 19 March 2024 - Sharing Your Lived Experience Story
Explore the power of sharing your Lived Experience story and its potential to promote connection, awareness, and positive change.
Day 2: Wednesday, 20 March 2024 - Embracing and Focusing Your Lived Expertise
Learn how Lived Expertise can drive meaningful change within communities, organisations, the mental health sector, and beyond.
You have the option to register to attend day 1, day 2 or both days. If you would like to attend both days, select both when you register.
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Inspirational lived experience speakers
Below are three of the speakers for Perspectives 2024
Estelle Hope - Speaker, Singer, Songwriter, Visual Artist, Teacher, Transformational Educator
Estelle is a speaker, singer, songwriter, visual artist, teacher and transformational educator with a passion for sparking conversation and social change through the arts.
Estelle enjoys living in Townsville with her husband and three children. Her art and video clips celebrate the beauty and vibrant nature of her environment while speaking to issues affecting women.
Estelle invites us through her work, to connect to our future selves with hope and to create a life we love through accessing the principles of creation.
Want to know more about Estelle? https://www.iamestelle.com.au/
Mary O'Hagan - Executive Director Lived Experience, Victorian Department of Health
Mary O’Hagan was a key initiator of the psychiatric survivor movement in New Zealand in the late 1980s and was the first chairperson of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry between 1991 and 1995. She has been an advisor to the United Nations and the World Health Organization.
Mary was a full-time Mental Health Commissioner in New Zealand between 2000 and 2007. Mary established the international social enterprise PeerZone, which provides peer support and resources for people with mental distress.
She has written an award-winning memoir called ‘Madness Made Me’ and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015.
Mary is currently the Executive Director of Lived Experience in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Division at the Department of Health in Victoria. Mary’s work is driven by her quest for social justice for one of the most marginalised groups in our communities.
Want to know more about Mary? https://www.linkedin.com/in/maryohagan/?originalSubdomain=au
Tess Moodie - Lived Experience Consultant
Tess Moodie is a proud queer, non-binary, neurodivergent First Nations person with multiple forms of disability (including a genetic disorder) who lives on a large farm in the northwest of lutruwita/Tasmania.
Tess is a victim-survivor of multiple forms of family and sexual violence across their lifespan and is passionate about empowering people with lived experience to bring systemic change, and embedding lived experience in the prevention of family, domestic and sexual violence, health, LGBTIQA+ activism and advocating for disability rights.
They currently work across two roles embedding lived experience of family & sexual violence as the Youth Engagement Lead at Laurel House Tasmania and the National Program Coordinator at Illawarra Women’s Trauma Recovery Centre. For the past 3 years, Tess has worked in participatory/collaborative research with the University of Technology Sydney in autistic-led research, developing research priorities for autistic women, girls and gender-diverse people.
They are also a Victim-Survivor Expert Advisor for Victoria’s peak family violence organisation, Safe & Equal. Tess is also a co-founding director of the recently established Independent Collective of Survivors (ICOS), Australia’s first National Peak organisation led by victim-survivors, who wrote the introduction for the National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children released last year. They have previously worked as a sexual assault counsellor, LGBTIQA+ community worker, on the Disability Royal Commission with a National Peak DPO, and as Project Coordinator of the Advocates for Change Program at Engender Equality.
Tess loves to spend their spare time with family and venturing on country into the forest with their family and sausage dog, Luna and loves a good gluten-free lasagne.
Want to know more about Tess? https://www.tmoodieconsultancy.com.au/
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