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Advocacy Skill Builder Webinar Series

For Consumers, Carers, and Families

This free webinar series has been created specifically for Consumers and Carers who want to take the next step into advocacy.
 
Each fortnight we will have a subject matter expert as a guest speaker, as well as our own lived experience trainer, to help you further develop the skills that are beneficial as an advocate.  
 
If you are looking to contribute to improvements to mental health services, this course will cover these 5 key topics:
 
  • Looking after yourself
  • How to be heard
  • Briefing & debriefing
  • Keeping the enthusiasm going
  • Self reflection/self evaluation

These webinars are offered monthly between February and June 2021.  You can sign up for one, a few or all of them.  Don't worry, if you miss one, or the time doesn't suit, there will be a recording available after the session.  ​

Looking after yourself - Watch the recording

Many of us know the saying 'you can't drink from an empty cup' and Peter Farrugia, from Flourish Australia, will share his vision of what it is like to advocate for others, while also looking after your own needs and “not feeling guilty about it”.  LEA is keen to share this approach with consumers, carers and families because looking after ourselves first is the best way we can support others.  In this video, as Peter inspires us all to engage in advocacy roles with the best outcomes for all. 

How to get your message heard - Monday 15th March

Mark Chenery, from Common Cause Australia, has worked with dozens of organisations on values-based communications as an expert in this field. His background includes advertising and journalism and heading up the community engagement program of an international human rights organisation in Australia.

 

Mark is an inspiring speaker, LEA is excited to be able to share his insights for you to support you in finding your voice and being heard.  

Preparing for Advocacy - Briefing and Debriefing - Monday 12th April

Dr Sarah Sutton is a recognised national leader in consumer and carer advocacy. Sarah is a Psychologist who is also a well respected carer spokesperson.   

 

This webinar will give you insights into the experience of a long term advocate.  Sarah will discuss the purpose of briefing and debriefing and this can help you to be a more effective spokesperson and advocate.  

Keeping the Enthusiasm Going: maintaining Motivation and Momentum - Monday 10th May

Elida Meadows identifies as a mental health consumer and carer. She has worked for several years in policy, and has a passion for systemic advocacy of mental health issues. Elida was for many years the Tasmanian carer representative on both the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum. 

 

Through her many years as a consumer/carer advocate, Elida has gained knowledge of how to keep yourself going, even when things get tough, and she shares these insights with Darren.

Self reflection and self evaluation without self flagellation - Monday 7th June

Lorraine Powell has been a passionate consumer & carer advocate, and was one of the first people in Australia to complete the Mental Health Peer Work Certificate IV. Lorraine has just been appointed as the WA representative for LEA and brings with her many years of experience promoting and presenting on the topic of self reflection and self evaluation within consumer and carer teams.  

Lorraine will share her experiences with you, and Darren, in this webinar.  Don't miss it... 

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