Dr Louise Byrne is a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at RMIT. Previously Louise was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship and inaugural RMIT Fulbright fellowship, to conduct research on the Lived Experience mental health workforce in the United States. Louise’s Fulbright research was based at Yale University, where she holds an adjunct position.
Louise is recognised internationally as a thought leader in the area of Lived Experience mental health workforce development.
Louise has over 30 journal publications on this topic and has been awarded several times for outstanding contributions to research and teaching, held expert/advisory roles with State and National Mental Health Commissions and led policy development at State and National levels, including the National Lived Experience (Peer) Workforce Development Guidelines.
Louise, is a translational researcher with deep knowledge of organisational issues relevant to 'lived experience' mental health employment.
In addition to her peer-reviewed publications Louise also regularly contributes to industry based publications. Recent work includes:
- Byrne, L., Wang, L., Roennfeldt, H., Chapman, M., Darwin, L., Castles, C., Craze, L., Saunders, M. Lived Experience Workforce Guidelines. 2021, National Mental Health Commission: Sydney.
- Byrne, L., Wang, Y., Roennfeldt, H., Chapman, M., & Darwin, L. Queensland Framework for the development of the Mental Health Lived Experience Workforce. Brisbane: Queensland Mental Health Commission. 2019
- Byrne, L. (2017) "Promoting lived experience perspective: Discussion paper prepared for the Queensland Mental Health Commission."
- Byrne, L., H. Roennfeldt and P. O'Shea (2017). Identifying barriers to change: The lived experience worker as a valued member of the mental health team. Brisbane, Queensland Mental Health Commission. Final Report.
Louise has a TEDx presentation available on YouTube.
Field of media
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Lived experience perspectives and roles
- Peer work
- Mental health in inclusion strategies
- 2010-2014 CQUniversity - PhD, co-funded industry scholarship
- 1998-1999 Griffith University - Master of Arts (with honours) in Media Production
Louise specialises in highly inclusive engagement with diverse stakeholders. Louise's work is informed and shaped by her on-going strong relationships with industry and a commitment to meaningful, timely, impactful research.
Louise's own experiences of mental health diagnosis, service use and periods of healing, as well as working in a variety of Lived Experience roles, form the perspective from which she works. Louise originally trained in Intentional Peer Support – a form of face to face lived experience support. She previously worked in designated Lived Experience roles across the mental health and higher education sectors, including systemic advocacy positions, the first full-time lived experience mental health academic role in Australia, and as an expert advisory role to the Queensland Mental Health Commission in 2015.
- Byrne, L.,Roennfeldt, H.,Davidson, L.,Miller, R.,Bellamy, C. (2021). To disclose or not to disclose? Peer workers impact on a culture of safe disclosure for mental health professionals with lived experience In: Psychological Services, , 1 - 10
- Roennfeldt, H.,Byrne, L. (2021). (In Press) Skin in the game: The professionalization of lived experience roles in mental health In: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, , 1 - 11
- Moreno, C.,Wykes, T.,Galderisi, S.,Byrne, L., et al, . (2020). How mental health care should change as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic In: Lancet Psychiatry, 7, 813 - 824
- King, A.,Brophy, L.,Fortune, T.,Byrne, L. (2020). Factors affecting mental health professionals' sharing of their lived experience in the workplace: A scoping review In: Psychiatric Services, 71, 1047 - 1064
- Roennfeldt, H.,Byrne, L. (2020). How much 'lived experience' is enough? Understanding mental health lived experience work from a management perspective In: Australian Health Review, 44, 898 - 903
- Roennfeldt, H.,Byrne, L. (2020). Lived Experience Researchers: Opportunities and challenges in mental health In: Social Research and Disability: Developing Inclusive Research Spaces for Disabled Researchers, Routledge, Melbourne, Australia
- Byrne, L.,Roper, C.,Happell, B.,Reid-Searl, K. (2019). The stigma of identifying as having a lived experience runs before me: challenges for lived experience roles In: Journal of Mental Health, 28, 260 - 266
- Byrne, L.,Roennfeldt, H.,Wang, Y.,O'Shea, P. (2019). 'You don't know what you don't know': The essential role of management exposure, understanding and commitment in peer workforce development In: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 28, 572 - 581
- Byrne, L.,Roennfeldt, H.,O'Shea, P.,Macdonald, F. (2018). Taking a gamble for high rewards? Management perspectives on the value of mental health peer workers In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15, 1 - 12
- Byrne, L. (2018). Research promoting and supporting the peer workforce: how to use it, how to create it In: Peer Work in Australia: A New Future for Mental Health, Richmondpra Limited, Sydney, Australia
- A Collaborative Approach to Preventing and Responding to Risks which Contribute to Psychological III Health in Manufacturing in Victoria. Funded by: Victorian Workcover Authority - Competitive from (2021 to 2022)
- Peer Workforce Development Guideline. Funded by: National Medical Health Commission Contract from (2019 to 2020)