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State Wide Mental Health Research Strategy (Co ROAMERS WA)

Mental health research across WA has historically been fragmented, with work being undertaken in silos across WA universities, research institutes, and Health Service Providers (HSPs). This project is bringing together people with lived experience, mental health professionals, and a range of stakeholders to develop a consensus on the mental health research priorities for Western Australia.

About the project/vacancy

Co-ROAMERS WA aims to conduct four simultaneous consultation components that will inform a State-wide Mental Health Research Strategy:

  1. Identify mental health research priorities: comprehensively canvas priorities for mental health research in WA from relevant stakeholders (people with lived experiences, carers and mental health professionals and researchers) via a combination of surveys called a Delphi method and face-to-face consultations. The Delphi method is a process used to arrive at a group opinion or decision by surveying a panel of experts. Experts respond to several rounds of questionnaires, and the responses are analysed and shared with the group after each round until consensus is achieved.
  2. Identify mental health research capacities, opportunities and strengths within WA
  3. Identify barriers and enablers for the involvement of consumers and mental health clinicians in mental health research
  4. Conduct a scoping review of methods used to develop mental health research strategies nationally and internationally

About the position

CO-ROAMERS WA will be informed by a Consumer Reference Group consisting of up to 12 people with varying lived experiences of Mental Health conditions.

What am I expected to do?

Members of the reference group will be required to:

  • Support the design of the Delphi method including use of appropriate language
  • Support the wide dissemination of the survey to relevant people to maximise lived experience input
  • Provide input into the process of identifying themes through the Delphi Survey data
  • Provide input into the final report of the Delphi process
  • Potentially facilitate Face to Face consultations with representative groups that have not contributed to the Delphi process
  • Contribute to the final output of the project (the development of a State Wide Mental Health Research Strategy), using the
    results of the 4 consultation components

What skills or experience do I need?

The reference group requires a mental health lived experience from the following:

  • Aboriginal people
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
  • Rural and Remote
  • Youth (12-18 years)
  • Aged (65+)
  • Carers and family members

How long am I expected to be involved?

The first meeting is required to be held during the first week of December this year and will work through until the end of 2021.

Where will meetings be held?

Meetings will be hosted from Curtin University. Attendees are welcome to join in person, but online access will be made possible through Webex.

What support is offered?

An honorarium of $35/hour is offered. Training can be accessed through the Consumer and Community Involvement Program.


If you would like to apply for this opportunity please email us or call 08 6151 1071

Applications close: 15 January 2021