Seminar 4: Methods for partnering well with consumers in our research teams: climbing Arnsteins ladder

On September 29, the Department of Nursing was delighted to have Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton present at the fourth and final event in our 2022 Nursing Event Series.

In this webinar, A/Prof Bridget Hamilton completed the series by discussing the art and science of participation through exploring strategies for co-producing research with mental health consumers. Academic work of mental health nursing and consumer academics together over 15 years were explored to demonstrate methods of planning and conducting work that aims at the higher end of "Arnstein’s ladder of citizen participation"; selected studies which introduce novel strategies developed for stimulating creative solutions in practice settings and for avoiding tokenism and dilution of LE contributions. The range of research, benefitting from partnership, includes literature reviews, qualitative and quantitate evaluations of models of care, and theoretical/methods papers.

To find out more about what to expect from the event, please listen to the sneak peak audio recording below with Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton.


Watch the recording:


Thursday 29 September 2022, 6:00pm

Presented by A/Prof Bridget Hamilton

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A/Prof Bridget Hamilton is Director of the Centre for Mental Health Nursing at the University of Melbourne. She leads a team of clinical nurse academics and consumer academics to build up the skills and contribution of mental health nurses in Victoria, for the benefit of people receiving mental healthcare. She contributes scholarship to maximising effective engagement and supported decision making in mental healthcare settings, while building leadership and research capacity among mental health nurses and the consumer workforce. Her program of translational research in acute, emergency and community mental health settings aims to implement and sustain evidence based interventions, including Safewards and sensory modulation. Her research expertise spans ethnographic fieldwork in healthcare settings, knowledge translation and program evaluation, discourse analysis and narratives approaches. Across her work she highly values partnering with consumers.