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Mind and Brain
Video (2:43)18 September, 2016
Mind and Brain

The Mental Health reference group

A desire to give consumers and carers a voice in shaping mental health research at SAHMRI prompted the formation of the SAHMRI Consumer and Carer Research consultation group.

Led by Dr Mike Musker from SAHMRI's Mind & Brain theme and Matt Halpin, the Lived Experience workforce and consumer engagement lead from Central Adelaide Local Health Network Mental Health Directorate, we welcome the unique perspective that carers and people with a personal experience of a mental health issue bring to our research.

Who is a consumer?

We are all consumers of healthcare. In this case, consumers are people who have a lived experience of a mental health issue. It's important that consumers be involved in the full spectrum of research. These consumers help inform the direction of our mental health research, and provide valuable assistance in communicating the benefits of mental health research to the broader community through their networks.

Volunteer for clinical studies

There are a number of studies run by the Mind & Brain theme at SAHMRI that welcome volunteers - both those with an experience of a mental health issue, and those without. Please get in touch if you're interested in participating.

If you would like to know more about our Consumer and Carer Research consultation group, please get in touch.


Dr Musker is a Belberry Research Fellow. He is also affiliated with The University of Adelaide.

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