Expression of Interest for Course Advisory Committee member – Lived Experience

Position Title Course Advisory Committee member – Lived Experience
Position Reporting to Course Coordinator or Dean
Employment Status Volunteer
Classification Academic
Location Hawthorn East


About us

Established over 60 years ago, The Cairnmillar Institute is a not-for-profit organisation that is solely focused on the advancement of better mental health through education, research and treatment in the field of psychology, counselling and psychotherapy.

Cairnmillar is now one of the largest trainers of postgraduate psychologists and counsellors in Australia.

In addition to our educational programs, we offer a range of clinical services across our four clinic sites (North Melbourne, Hawthorn East, Dandenong and CBD) as well as remote services.

We pride ourselves in offering a flexible and enjoyable collegial workplace.


Position Purpose

This Position will work closely with the Dean and Course teams.  The appointee will:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of Lived Experience perspectives on course objectives and design.
  • Promote and enable consumer and carer inclusion, participation and leadership
  • Facilitate and streamline co-design processes


Key Responsibilities

  • Attend Course Advisory Committee meetings (2 per year).
  • Provide considered advise to course development and review.
  • Provide expertise and advice to ensure all aspects of course design, future planning, and course review are completed with a consideration of the Lived Experience perspective.
  • Engage authentically with the principles around co-design.


Key Selection Criteria

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Lived experience of mental illness, AOD, family violence and/or trauma
  • Lived experience of the recovery journey
  • Personal experience of the public or private mental health systems or AoD service system
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with others and work collaboratively
  • Highly developed communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting the voice of people with a lived experience and understanding of contemporary lived experience peer work models;

Qualifications, Certificates and Experience

  • No formal qualifications required.
  • Qualifications in Education is desired.
  • Completion of a Criminal History Check and Employee Working With Children Check (or State equivalent) prior to commencement of employment and as required by legislation and policy during employment, as well as a duty to disclose relevant information that may arise after employment has commenced
  • A cleared National Worker Screening Check prior to commencement of employment

Competence, Behaviours and Attributes

  • Must be able to maintain confidentially and privacy at all times
  • A professional approach in providing information and assistance to a wide variety of people and across a variety of tasks and responsibilities
  • Effective teamwork and flexibility
  • A positive and cooperative attitude
  • A person that is responsible, reliable, and dependable and realizes the importance of fulfilling obligations
  • Strong communication skills, ability to work well under pressure, remaining calm under stressful or difficult situations and has a cooperative attitude


How to apply

Please email your CV along with a statement outlining reasons for applying, relevant experience, knowledge and skills to [email protected]

For more information you are welcome to contact Professor Linda Byrne

The Cairnmillar Institute promotes the following values: collaboration, compassion, integrity, professionalism and respect and promotes behaviours that are consistent with these values at all times. Cairnmillar is an equal opportunity employer committed to attracting and developing a diverse workforce that reflects the community it serves.


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Acknowledgement of Country

The Cairnmillar Institute acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are meeting. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Aboriginal Elders of other communities who may be here today.

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