Helena Roennfeldt

Helena Roennfeldt
University of Melbourne | MSD · Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Master of Social Work PhD Candidate

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Two lived experience mental health researchers explore key issues faced within their roles, with reference to contemporary research. As lived experience researchers, the authors identify with and are employed specifically to work from the perspective of a lived experience of mental health diagnosis/service use and periods of healing. Together, they...
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The lived experience workforce has moved from being a grassroots support and activist movement to become the fastest growing workforce within mental health. As lived experience work becomes assimilated within mainstream mental health service delivery, it faces mounting pressure to become more professionalized. Professionalization has evoked both op...
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This study sought a clearer understanding of organizational mechanisms reinforcing effective peer employment and organizational change from the perspectives of peer workers, non-peer staff and management in multidisciplinary mental health and substance use recovery services. Findings were used to develop a model for organizational best practice for...
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Objective This study explored the benefits and limitations of employing peer support workers, who utilise their own lived experience of mental distress and recovery, to support people experiencing mental distress who are attending the ED. Methods This co-produced qualitative study utilised four phases: (i) assemble a collaborative multi-disciplina...
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Mental health presentations to the emergency department (ED) have increased, and the emergency department has become the initial contact point for people in a mental health crisis. However, there is mounting evidence that the ED is not appropriate nor effective in responding to people in mental health crises. Insufficient attention has been paid to...
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A thriving mental health Lived Experience (Peer) workforce is a vital component of “quality, recovery-focused mental health services”. This principle is embedded in the mental health plans and policies that influence all mental health care services in Australia. To achieve the benefits of engaging a Lived Experience workforce, the workforce needs t...
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This document is structured to provide a brief overview of the collective Lived Experience workforce and Lived Experience work, followed by the essentials of position descriptions that authentically represent Lived Experience practice. A detailed guide to Lived Experience roles and position description development is provided, along with examples a...
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Objective: People living with severe and persistent mental illness experience poorer physical health, often due to medication and preventable lifestyle factors, and exacerbated by barriers to accessing healthcare services. Pharmacists are well-positioned to improve the physical and mental health of this population. However, little is known about p...
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The presence of peer workers in multi-disciplinary environments has rapidly increased in recent years, yet the impact of peer work on other mental health roles is largely unknown. This article explores the presence of peer workers within multi-disciplinary environments, with a specific focus on the possible impact of this presence on the culture of...
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Introduction Goal planning is widely recognised as an integral part of mental health service delivery and an important element in supporting recovery. Goal planning identifies priorities for treatment through discussion and negotiation between service users and health practitioners. Goal planning enhances motivation, directs effort, and focuses the...
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Introduction: The importance of peer support workers in mental health care delivery has been extensively advocated for in mental health policy frameworks. However, there has been limited research examining the implementation of paid peer workers in clinical settings. This study explores the experience of paid peer support workers integrated within...
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Participation in creative activities has been linked with positive outcomes for people with mental illness. This longitudinal qualitative study is a one-year follow-up of eight mental health consumers who participated in a series of creative workshops in Brisbane, Australia that aimed to increase participants’ capacity and skills in sharing their s...
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Objective The aim of this study was to explore management understanding of the lived experience required for designated lived experience or peer roles within mental health.Method This qualitative study used semi-structured interviews and one focus group with 29 participants employed in diverse management roles from the public and not-for-profit hea...
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Introduction Severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) can significantly impact a person’s social, personal and professional life. Previous studies have demonstrated pharmacists’ roles in mental healthcare; however, limited studies to date have focused on pharmacists’ roles in providing healthcare services, specifically, to people living with SPM...
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Purpose: To synthesize the literature in relation to findings of system errors through reviews of suicide deaths in the public mental health system. Data sources: A systematic narrative meta-synthesis using the PRISMA methodology was conducted. Study selection: All English language articles published between 2000 and 2017 that reported on syst...
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Background: While there have been increased calls for mental health consumers to be involved in mental health services research, there is limited research exploring the research interests of this group. Aims: To compare the interests in different research topics of a peer workforce (people who are employed to use their lived experience of mental il...
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The Queensland Framework for the Development of the Mental Health Lived Experience (peer) Workforce is a useful advocacy tool for individuals and organizations interested in effective peer/lived experience workforce development. The framework and associated resources are intended: • to increase understanding of lived experience value and functions...
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This is a Summary of the Queensland Framework for the Development of the Mental Health Lived Experience (peer) Workforce. Purpose of the framework: The framework and associated resources are intended: • to increase understanding of lived experience value and functions and provide clear information for organisations on how to structure and support...
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This poster is a supplementary document to the Queensland Framework for Lived Experience (peer) workforce development. This A3 poster can be used as a handy reference in the workplace.
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This is a companion document to the 'Queensland Framework for Lived Experience (peer) workforce development'. The 'role titles and descriptions' document can be used with the Framework to assist organizations in developing appropriate peer roles across a range of settings and at different levels within the organization (including senior or manageme...
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The peer workforce has increased significantly in recent years; however, structured development and support for the roles are lacking. This paper explores the role of executive and senior management understanding in the employment of peer roles. In‐depth, semi‐structured interviews and one focus group were conducted with 29 participants from a rang...
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Purpose Participation in creative activities have been linked with increased personal agency. The purpose of this paper is to address critical considerations in the development of community-based creative workshops for people experiencing severe and persistent mental illness and explores participant experiences of these workshops. Design/methodol...
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People with mental health problems are at higher risk of physical health comorbidities and early mortality. A key risk factor for poor health outcomes is a lack of regular physical activity. Mental health services have typically responded by focusing on screening and promoting lifestyle programmes within secondary care mental health settings. The a...
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Acute mental health inpatient units are complex environments where tensions between clinical and personal recovery can be amplified. The focus for mental health staff is often centred on providing clinical care, whereas from the patient perspective, the admission can represent a profound existential crisis. There are very few user‐led accounts of t...
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Mental health peer work is attracting growing interest and provides a potentially impactful method of service user involvement in mental health design and delivery, contributing to mental health reform. The need to effectively support this emerging workforce is consequently increasing. This study aimed to better understand the views of management i...
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Australians experiencing severe and persistent mental illness and who require services from multiple agencies, experience a fragmented service delivery system. In 2014, the Commonwealth Government introduced the Partners in Recovery (PIR) service, which provides service coordination and flexible funding to improve outcomes for this group of people....
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The lived experience workforce in Australia includes peer support workers; consumer consultants; consumer companions; experts by experience and various lived experience roles in education, training, policy design and systemic advocacy. This emergent and increasingly impactful section of the mental health workforce is growing rapidly, however expans...
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Provides a succinct summary of the findings and recommendations of the following report: The lived experience workforce in Australia includes peer support workers; consumer consultants; consumer companions; experts by experience and various lived experience roles in education, training, policy design and systemic advocacy. This emergent and increas...

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The Guidelines contribute to the ongoing development of the Lived Experience Workforce in Australia by providing detailed guidance on the knowledge and supports required to grow the workforce in a sustainable and effective manner. To achieve this, comprehensive information is provided, including high-level policy considerations, practical actions and additional resources. The information in the Guidelines will help foster greater consistency in working conditions for Lived Experience roles across Australia, as well as adding to the understanding, acceptance and perceived value of Lived Experience roles across the mental health and suicide prevention workforce. The Guidelines include specific sections and information for: funders/policy makers, organisations/employers and Lived Experience workers, across all sectors and stages of Lived Experience workforce development. The Guidelines focus on the Lived Experience Workforce as a paid profession, encompassing a broad range of Lived Experience roles across many positions and settings, including both consumer and carer workers. The Guidelines further acknowledge the need for the Lived Experience workforce to be reflective of our diverse communities. Ultimately the Guidelines are intended to strengthen understanding and collaboration across the mental health sector and contribute to more effective services and better outcomes for people accessing services.
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1. To find existing published and unpublished research dealing with mental health professionals sharing (sometimes referred to as "disclosure") of lived experience within the workplace. 2. To analyse the findings of previous research to determine factors constraining and enabling disclosure of lived experience in the workplace. 3. To explore the experiences and perspectives of mental health workers in relation to the sharing of lived experience in the workplace. 4. To identify organisational interventions that target enablers and constraints to sharing.