Department of Health

Collaborative Centre seeks academic and service delivery partners, members of lived experiences advisory panel


The Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing is a landmark initiative that will lead the way in connecting lived experience leadership, innovative service delivery, and cutting-edge mental health research.

It aims to drive system transformation and improve outcomes for people who use the mental health and wellbeing system in Victoria.

The Collaborative Centre is excited to announce two opportunities to be part of this vision and join in genuinely reciprocal, respectful, and collaborative partnerships.

Adult and Older Adult Best Practice Consortium

The Collaborative Centre is inviting expressions of interest (EOI) to select partners that will form part of the centre’s operating model.

The partners will come together in a consortium that will focus on the integration of best practice treatment, care and support for adults and older adults with a program of translational research. Together these partners will create a practical evidence base of statewide relevance that is grounded in lived experience.

The consortium will be led by a mental health service and an academic institution that conducts mental health and wellbeing research, and may also include:

  • NGOs, including those that provide wellbeing services
  • organisations and groups representing consumers, carers and families of people with living/lived experience
  • other area mental health services, including services in growth corridors or rural and regional Victoria
  • other academic institutions
  • other organisations, for example other levels of government, statutory agencies, or community organisations that can help the consortium deliver its purpose.

Visit the Buying for VictoriaExternal Link website for more information and details of how to register for a market briefing on Monday 14 November.

Expressions of interest close on Thursday 8 December 2022.

Lived Experiences Advisory Panel

To achieve its vision, the Collaborative Centre needs to partner with consumers, families, carers, and supporters in ways that are genuine and integrated within every step of the establishment of the centre.

That is why an initial priority of the board is to set up a new Lived Experiences Advisory Panel (LEAP).

The LEAP will provide advice to guide the set-up of the Collaborative Centre. This includes advising on a new lived experience framework, a strategic plan, a research strategy, and a communications strategy including branding and digital presence.

The board hopes the LEAP will also drive regular reflection on how the centre can lead transformational change and challenge existing power imbalances throughout all its work.

Members of the LEAP will bring a diverse range of lived and living experiences, including as consumers and/or families, carers and supporters. Ten members will be appointed including a Chair.

Applications close on Wednesday 16 November 2022. More information is available at the Victorian Collaborative Centre reform activity update page.

These are two exciting opportunities to contribute to a new organisation that is driving change and improvement across the system.

Reviewed 24 October 2022

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