A new grants program provides professional development opportunities for lived experience workers across Victoria in community mental health.
New system foundations

Consumer and family carer lived experience workers play a crucial role providing support for Victorians with mental illness or psychological distress and their families, carers, and supporters. 

The Victorian Government has allocated $360,000 to peak body Mental Health Victoria to oversee the mental health community support services Lived Experience Workforce Grants Program.   

The program aims to develop and enhance the skills and capabilities of designated consumer and family carer roles in mental health community support services. 

Grants are available to both consumer and family carer lived and living experience workers employed at an approved Victorian government funded community mental health service. 

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended a series of reforms that depend on a much larger and highly skilled lived experience workforce. 

Grants are available to support lived experience workforce leadership, project management skills, and capability building in community mental health services. 

Building the skills of lived experience workers will also help them to participate in reform engagement activities 

Mental Health Victoria is overseeing the grants program on behalf of the Victorian Government. 

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for individuals and $20,000 for organisations or group projects. 

Read more on the Mental Health Victoria website.