8th Service User Academia Symposium

Nesting our knowledge

The 8th Service User Academia Symposium will be held at The University of Melbourne, Australia, on 15th and 16th November 2018.

Run annually since 2011, The Service User Academia Symposium brings service users together with their counterparts and allies in academia. The broad aim is to explore the challenges of – and opportunities for - creating and maintaining service user leadership and co-production in mental health and addiction scholarship, research, education, programs and policy.

The Service User Academia Symposium welcomes anyone involved with, interested in, or aspiring to create co-produced and/or service user-led projects or programmes in mental health and addiction.



Date: Thursday 15th & Friday 16th November 2018.

Location: The University of Melbourne's Kwong Lee Dow Building 234 Queensberry St, Carlton VIC 3053

SUAS 2018 Presentations & Abstracts

Here you can find the PDF presentations from the fantastic presenters whom have consented to have their contribution made publicly available.

  • 5-minute 'Ignite' session

    An 'Ignite' session is a 5-minute slide presentation comprising 20 slides x 15 seconds each.

    Use this format if you’d like to re-invigorate your presentations by trying something new. If you’re a first time or white-knuckle presenter, this short format approach may also suit. Each slide should be a picture or photo that expresses something about what you want to say. Examples of this approach can be found here.

    Ignite sessions will be programmed so that 6 x 5-minute Ignite sessions are presented back-to-back (30 minutes) with 30 minutes of discussion time to follow.

  • 30-minute paper

    This format allows you 20 minutes of presentation time, followed by 10 minutes for questions from your audience.

  • One-hour reflective discussion

    A a one-hour reflective discussion. This format gives you the opportunity to organise and curate a themed panel discussion with one chair and up to a maximum of five participants.

Are you new to the Service User space? Check out last year’s program for an overview of ideas, topics and approaches taken.

If you'd like to access advice or support on your abstract topic or approach, please email your query to cpn-info@unimelb.edu.au and we'll be in touch. First time presenters are welcome!

Abstract submissions are now closed.

The 8th Service User Academia Symposium is co-hosted by:

***2018 Keynote Speakers***

Guilaine is a feminist, an equality consultant and three times award nominated writer coming all the way from the UK. In her article Epistemic Homelessness and TEDx Talk, Guilaine explores the complexities of attempting to craft a sense of home and belonging. Follow Guilaine on twitter @KGuilaine

  • Dr Brett Scholz "Birds of a feather?: Service users and allies flocking together".

Brett is a critical health psychologist who is passionate about a consumer-led (mental) health sector. He continuously seeks to break down systems that privilege biomedical knowledge over experiential expertise. Follow @brett_scholz for more about his research and advocacy work.

  • Shannon Calvert ‘Healing Conversations: creating equal platforms for positive change’

Shannon is a Peer mentor, Consumer Consultant and Mental Health Trainer.  She is a passionate advocate for people who experience mental health issues, having experienced an eating disorder for nearly thirty years, she dedicates her time to raising awareness and inspiring both consumers and professionals. Follow @calvert_shannon for more of her inspiring work.

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