Collaboration • Knowledge • Leadership

Collaboration • Knowledge • Leadership

Lived Experience Advisory Group

Mental Health Victoria engages a Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG) to advise on all of its policy, advocacy, training, research and other activities.

This aligns with the recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, that Lived Experience perspectives must be integral to the reformed system.

 

Ingrid Ozols AM (Chair)

Ingrid is founding director of Mental Health At Work and is involved in the coproduction of workplace and community education and training content. Among her many roles she is a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the National Suicide Prevention Advisor to the Prime Minister, Consumer Co-chair for ALIVE, and is involved in the development of Suicide Prevention Australia’s Suicide Prevention Competency framework.

 

Dave Peters

Dave is Co-chair of Neami National’s Research and Evaluation Committee and Consumer Co-chair of the new National Centre for Research Translation IPP-Committee (ALIVE), among other roles. He uses the insights drawn from accessing and navigating the service system to consult on service design/improvement, guest lecture for allied health students, and contribute to curriculum development and research projects.

 

Fiona Browning

Fiona's consultancy work draws from over 30 years of personal lived experience and 20 years of working in clinical and community health roles. Work of note includes with Wellways, coproducing with RANZCP on the Enabling Supported Decision Project, Lived Experience member of the RFDS Clinical & Health Services Research Committee, Safer Care Victoria’s Mental Health Clinical Network Oversight Committee and many other independent works.

 

Jo Rasmussen

Jo Rasmussen is a national award-winning mental health advocate. Jo’s most recent role was the Mental Health Data Analysis and Engagement Lead at Murray PHN. Jo is also a mental health consumer representative at the local, state and national level, and has been involved in projects such as the development of Head to Health, a Commonwealth Department of Health initiative. 

 

Daniel Bolger

Daniel is a proud Noonuccal Aboriginal Man. He has been working in the Aboriginal community since 2014. He is passionate about helping Aboriginal people live the best life they can. He shares his personal story with mental health issues and drug addiction to inspire people to create positive changes in their life. Daniel currently works at Dardi Munwurro as the East Gippsland Coordinator.

 

Imbi Pyman

Imbi Pyman is passionate about improving support for families and those caring for anyone suffering from mental illness. She is a proud mum and her youngest son, Jonah, now nearly 20, was brutally bullied, groomed and sexually assaulted at school when he was 12 and now suffers complex PTSD as a result. Imbi and her husband Trevor have advocated to access appropriate and effective treatment.