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This course comprises three modules which taken together provide a critical foundation for all consumer workers. The three modules are:
1. History of the consumer movement
2. What is consumer perspective (the discipline)
3. What is the consumer workforce? (the roles)
All our courses are interactive, based on adult learning principles and learner focussed. We believe that adults approach learning with a wealth of knowledge and experience to contribute. A combination of learning styles will be incorporated into the training including interactive, experiential and didactic. Our approach recognises the constant interweaving of theory and practice cultivating critical thinking and reflection, appreciating the contested nature of ideas and world views, and perspective taking through adopting ethical, human rights and social justice lenses.

This event will cover:
History of the consumer movement
This module introduces learners to the history, principles and key concepts from the consumer movement. This includes an introduction to critical consumer texts, important debates, and contemporary challenges and opportunities.
What is consumer perspective (the discipline)?
This module builds on the ‘history of the consumer movement’ module by introducing learners to values, principles and ethics informing consumer perspective and how these can be applied in practice.
What is the consumer workforce? (the roles)?
This module will draw together what has been learned in the first two modules and introduce learners to the history, breadth and depth of consumer workforce roles and opportunities. Learners will explore career options, how different roles intersect, as well as exploring ethical issues in consumer work. The course will introduce learners to common debates, opportunities and challenges for the workforce.


  • Cath Roper — Athena Consumer Workforce Consulting
  • Vrinda Edan — Athena Consumer Workforce Consulting
  • Indigo Daya — Athena Consumer Workforce Consulting

Eligibility criteria

These are free events designed for the consumer workforce working in public mental health in Victoria (eg. consumer lived experience staff employed at Area Mental Health Services, Forensicare or mental health staff from RCH).
Consumer workers outside of public clinical services (MHCSSs, AOD, ACCHOs etc.) or other partner organisations may also attend.
Participants need to be working in the mental health sector whether as volunteers, on committees, or in salaried roles.

Categories: Developing and sustaining lived and living experience workforces (clearinghouse)
Disciplines: Lived Experience Workforce
Levels: Introductory
Lifespans: Adult

Friday 28 April 2023
13:00 to 17:00
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Friday 5 May 2023
13:00 to 17:00
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