The work of the Recovery and Social Justice Unit has embedded a strong research culture in Mind Australia. Our other achievements are best represented by our continuing success in establishing important, strong and sustainable partnerships with government, mental health community support services and clinical mental health services. Our partnerships have contributed to increased research and evaluation across the mental health community support sector and have also expanded collaborative research activity, including through competitive funding grant proposals and peer reviewed publications.
The Recovery and Social Justice Unit has been involved in numerous projects where consumer researchers have been mentored and supported, resulting in it being at the forefront of supporting consumer research activity and recovery and social inclusion focused research. We have been committed to co-production and co-design through enabling people with lived experience to be consistently involved in informing our projects at all stages. This was an important factor in our being the recipient of the Tom Trauer Research and Evaluation Award in 2015 for excellence in research supporting advancement of mental health services.