Consumer Led Research Network members with Catherine Lourey and Ian Hickie

 CLRN members Be Aadam, Kate Gill, Mark McMahon, Tim Heffernan and Richard Schweizer with NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey and Brain and Mind Centre co-director Ian Hickie.

23 May 2018

People with lived experience of mental illness are set to have greater influence, leadership and participation in mental health research thanks to a new partnership. 

The Consumer Led Research Network (CLRN) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney to work together on future research projects. The agreement is expected to see CLRN members and academics collaborate on research grant proposals; share their respective skills and knowledge on topics under study; provide education to researchers on why consumer participation and leadership in research is so important; plus much more. 

NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey attended the formal signing of the agreement on Tuesday 15 May and said it was an exciting partnership.    

“People with lived experience have been the subjects of research for a long time. But it is essential that they also decide what is important to research, how that research should be done, and then lead that research themselves,” Ms Lourey said. 

“This partnership is exciting because it increases the opportunities for both parties to use rigorous and innovative research methods to create knowledge that will drive real change. 

“I’m looking forward to seeing the work that comes out of this collaboration.” 

The CLRN was established in 2014 and aims to promote, support and lead research undertaken by people with lived experience of mental illness. While the CLRN is independent, the NSW Mental Health Commission provided some secretarial and financial support to the Network in its early years. The CLRN’s new partnership with the Brain and Mind Centre will contribute to its long-term sustainability. 

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Last updated: 23 May 2018