Our work reflects a commitment to centring lived experience and contributing to social justice. Using participatory research practices we engage with people with complex health and mental health experiences, their social networks, health and social care practitioners, people from diverse sociocultural backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and LGBTQIA+ people.
We develop partnerships with academic researchers, government, and not-for-profit community organisations to creatively interrogate experiences of health and illness. Through impact and engagement, and drawing on substantial knowledge of policy and service delivery environments, we are dedicated to transforming how health is experienced, addressing social inequalities and contributing to the development of inclusive health and mental health policy, practice, and education.
We collaborate on projects with researchers across a range of disciplines including health sociology, critical mental health research, community psychology, medical humanities, cultural studies, social work, medicine, and law. Engaging with lived experiences our research promotes social models of health, contributes to national and international scholarly debate, and provides strong evidence to foster the development of healthy societies.