|Representative Title:||Victorian Carer Representative|
Katrina has worked in the mental health sector in a lived experience role as a Family/Carer Consultant for the past 13 years and as a Senior Family/Carer Consultant for the past 10 years. Currently a board member for Tandem the Peak body in Victoria for Mental Health Carers, family and friends, now into her 4th year. As well as using her own personal caring perspective and work experience, Katrina is abreast many of the issues faced by family/carers in the mental health sector. From the beginning of 2017 Katrina has been leading the Carer Lived Experience Workforce in Victoria (CLEW) and has been heavily involved with the Department of Health, Mental Health & Wellbeing Division, in a number of advisory roles.
With her links with the lived experience workforce and family/carers she brings this perspective into a number of advisory and partnership roles and these have led to some improvements in the mental health sector for consumers and carers. These include advisory and support to the initial setup of the Mental Health Complaints Commissioner in Victoria 2015, the Second Psychiatric Opinion Service in 2015/2016, The Independent Mental Health Advocacy Service, the introduction of the Post Discharge Peer Support Initiative 2016/2017 co-design, the 2 year development of the Lived Experience Engagement Framework in launched in 2018 to guide the Department of Health and Human Services and the development of the Mental Health Family/Carer Lived Experience Workforce Strategies 2018. As a member of the Lived Experience Advisory Group to the Department she provides family/carer perspective into a number of priorities to Mental Health Reform Victoria Implementation Team for the recommendations of the Royal commission into Mental Health, including through the membership of the Lived Experience Workforce Advisory Group (LEAG) set up for the Mental Health Reform Victoria Implementation team for the Royal Commission Recommendations.
In 2017 Katrina was appointed to the Mental Health Tribunal as a Sessional Community Member, the second only carer to be appointed and this is a Ministerial appointment, and great recognition that family/carer workforce roles are now included as having the appropriate community perspective to enhance the division perspective and influence the decision making of determinations and encouraging procedural fairness and inclusion of the family/carer in treatment planning and attendance at hearings. More recently Katrina was co-opted to the Mental Health Complaints Commissioner Advisory Group and has completed research/project work as a Carer Expert Knowledge Consultant to develop recommendations for the lived and living experience workforces for Our Future Training Packages. She has just completed phase 1 of the first co-designed Australian Lived Experience Residential Service with TACSI. As a part of the core team this lived experience lead co-design was to develop the values and principles and philosophy ready for the phase 2 and 3 team to progress to reality.