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Service User Academia Symposium 2019

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Symposium details

21 and 22 November 2019
University of Otago, Wellington
23a Mein Street, Newtown, Wellington 6242, New Zealand

Run annually since 2011, the symposium brings service users together with their counterparts and allies to explore service user leadership and co-production in mental health and addiction scholarship, research, education, programs and policy.

The 9th Service User Academia Symposium welcomes anyone involved with, interested in, or aspiring to create co-produced and/or service user-led initiatives in mental health and addiction, with a particular focus on the following themes:

  • Intergenerational wellbeing
  • Service user leadership in practice
  • Co-design, delivery and evaluation in practice
  • The privileging of previously unprivileged knowledge and approaches to wellbeing
  • Ending discrimination; promoting recovery, social inclusion and respect for human

Are you new to the area? Check out preliminary programme for an overview of ideas, topics and approaches taken.

Call for abstracts

Scholarship Applications

Keynote Speakers

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Key dates

  • Call for abstracts and scholarship applications – 1 May 2019
  • Notification of key-note speakers – 1 May 2019
  • Abstracts and scholarship applications due – 9 June 2019
  • Notification of abstract and scholarship outcomes – 3 July 2019
  • Early bird call for registrations (presenters) – 15 July 2019
  • Early bird call for registrations (all) – 5 September 2019 (please note that due to venue capacity places will be strictly limited so we do advise you register as early as possible.)
  • Notification of awards – 1 September 2019
  • Final call for registrations – 15 November 2019
  • Preliminary programme available – 1 October 2019
  • Final programme available – 1 November 2019

Information about awards

There will be two awards presented at the 2019 symposium. Firstly The Mind and Body Peer Leadership award. This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in peer/lived experience work. ​Persons were nominated and a recipient identified through a process co-ordinated by Mind and Body prior to the symposium. The successful recipient will be announced and recognised at the symposium awards ceremony. The winner receives complementary travel, accommodation and registration to attend the symposium, $500, and a trophy.​

Secondly, The Sarah Gordon Award for the best presentation by a Service User will again be awarded this year. All service users presenting (other than keynotes and those on the organising committee) will be eligible. If a co-produced paper wins, the award will go to the service user presenter(s). The criteria can be found here. The winner(s) will receive $500, a trophy, and an invitation to be a key-note presenter(s) at the next symposium.

Registration fees

Early bird registration
(extended until 1st Nov)
Full registration
(closes 15th Nov)
Waged: NZ$345 incl. GST Waged: NZ$460 incl. GST
Unwaged: NZ$172.50 incl. GST Unwaged: NZ$172.50 incl. GST

Please get in touch if you are facing barriers with the registration fees.

For any enquiries or to be put on the mailing list to receive communications about the symposium directly please contact Tracey Gardiner at tracey.gardiner@otago.ac.nz, University of Otago, Wellington – 23A Mein Street, Newtown, Wellington.

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Proudly sponsored by:

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