Courses and programs

Mental Health Consumer Advocacy Course

Date:     27 & 30 July, 3, 6, 10 & 13 August 2020 - six 2.5 hour sessions
Time:    10.00am - 12.30pm
Venue:  Virtual sessions using Zoom videoconferencing
Cost:     $265 GST inclusive

To register please contact Marion Young:

Email:   marion.young@health.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 9844 6325

The Workshop

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The Consumer Advocacy Course consists of six 2.5 hour virtual sessions to be held using Zoom videoconferencing. This award-winning course is evaluated and regularly receives positive feedback: consumers report an increase in their confidence, and a sense that they have an enhanced understanding of advocacy and representation. Consumers are more confident at committees, and there is opportunity to resolve confusions in the field of consumer employment, volunteerism and consumer rights and responsibilities.

Who should attend

Designed for beginners seeking to take on an advocacy role, through to experienced committee members and representatives looking to refresh their advocacy skills or ‘fill in some gaps’. The Consumer Advocacy Course is restricted to consumers only, that is, people who have personal experience of living with a diagnosis of mental illness.

Course content

Week 1: Monday 27 & Thursday 30 July - Introduction and Welcome

  • Advocacy and Social Justice Principles
  • Consumer Advocacy
  • Consumer Representation
  • Looking after yourself

Week 2: Monday 3 August & Thursday 6 August - Mental Health Rights and Exercises

  • Committee Skills
  • Looking after yourself

Week 3: Monday 10 August & Thursday 13 August - Getting Connected

  • Networking
  • Essential Knowledge and Skills for Advocacy
  • Evaluations