Members of the newly formed AEPCC Lived Experience Network (LEN) Establishment Committee came together as a group for the first time this week.
The committee comprises nine young people with lived experience, two carers, three sector allies and our LEN Coordinator, Dean Kolovos.
These 15 people were selected to form the chief decision-making body governing the LEN after a national recruitment campaign which our friends and allies work tirelessly to spread the word about.
We received an overwhelming response to our call-out for expressions of interest. Young people commented on the unique level of involvement this committee offers, and were excited by the prospect of making their voice heard in an unprecedented way.
The committee boasts a diversity of perspectives, expertise, and identities, with everyone united by a shared vision for positive change when it comes to early psychosis care and outcomes.
Under the expert guidance of the committee, we’ll spend the next few months developing a timeline and identifying key priorities for the LEN.
In the immediate future we’ll upskill committee members with training on research and clinical principles, to embed lived experience voices across the governance of AEPCC, and begin the rigorous process of co-designing the LEN.
We’ll also be exploring how to connect this committee with AEPCC’s other decision-making bodies. Watch this space.