The Carer Academic (Mental Health) position was established at The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University in 2005. This 0.5 position is funded by the Department of Health, Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division.
The carer academic plays a leading role in supporting families/carers, mental health and community services, and the research community to establish effective working partnerships around the care and support for people with a mental illness. Two key objectives of the position are:
In connection with these goals, several activities are undertaken by the carer academic, including:
Dr. Peter McKenzie is our current carer academic.
Department of Health, Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division (formally Mental Health Branch); Centre for Psychiatric Nursing, School of Social Work and Nursing, Melbourne University; Psychosocial Research Centre, Melbourne University; Mind Australia; Victorian Mental Health Carers Network; Carer Consultant Network of Victoria
McKenzie, P. & White, D. 2012. Carer Consultant/peer support training evaluation. TheMHS 2011 conference proceedings.
Glover, J., McKenzie. P., Hayes, L., Harvey. C. & Harman, J. 2012. Collaborating to foster resilience in families: a family therapy model implemented in PDRSS sector. TheMHS 2011 Conference proceedings.
McKenzie, P. 2011. Fostering Realistic Hope: research & evaluation of workshop series for carer families supporting someone with Borderline Personality Disorder. TheMHS 2010 conference proceedings.
McKenzie, P. 2010. Fostering Realistic Hope: group work model for carer families living with Borderline Personality Disorder. Australian Family Therapy Conference 2010.
Bamberg, J., Perlesz, A., McKenzie, P. & Read, S. 2010. Utilising implementation science in building research and evaluation capacity in community health. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 16 (4), 276-283.
Glover, J., McKenzie. P., Whatley, E. From Family work to work: unexpected pathways. New Paradigm, Autumn 2010.
McKenzie, P & Roper, C. 2010. Consumer and Care Experience of Care Project – Insider Evaluation Report. Division of Mental Health and Drugs, Victorian Government.
McKenzie, P. 2010. Mirroring Our Face in Green-Sun’s Land: an ethnography of Vietnamese Australians and antipodean second contact. Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany.
Glover, J., McKenzie. P., Berney, R., Harvey, C., Hayes, L. & Harman, J. 2010. Establishing an evidence-based program for consumers and families in Psychiatric Disability & Rehabilitation Support Services: working in partnership to address unmet family needs. TheMHS 2009 Conference Proceedings.
Burke, C., Allchin, R., Lang, S., Shanders, B. & McKenzie, P. 2009. Carers offering peer early support: a decade of an evolving model of carer peer support within a clinical service- Report. Eastern Health, AMHS.
The Bouverie Centre presented a webinar describing the centre’s work exploring the intersection between Family Violence and Mental Health.find out more