Shannon Calvert appointed to national mental health advisory panel

12 April 2022

The Centre's Lived Experience Co-Production Co-Lead will provide input and expertise to the nation’s future roadmap for mental health research.

Ms Shannon Calvert has been appointed to the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission expert advisory panel to guide the nation’s future roadmap in mental health. The $125 million Mission supports Australia’s best researchers to save and improve lives within the Federal Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon. Greg Hunt announced the expert panel which will provide advice on research priorities and investment.

The expert advisory includes Professor Jennifer Hudson, Black Dog Institute's Director of Research and the Centre’s National Technical Advisory member, who was also appointed to the panel. Professor Maree Teesson AC, Director of the Matilda Centre, will chair the panel. Part of the University of Sydney’s rich research ecosystem, the Matilda Centre will contribute multidisciplinary expertise on mental health and comorbidities to the Centre's research and translation activities.

Ms Calvert, Professor Hudson, Professor Teesson and panel members will review the existing roadmap and develop an implementation plan to improve mental health and well-being of all Australians, including issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, children and young people, and people with eating disorders as priorities.

“Shannon’s lived experience expertise is so incredibly valuable. We are proud to have her as Co-Lead of the Centre’s Lived Experience workstream. This is a really important appointment and a great acknowledgment of the value of Shannon’s significant contribution to the mental health space.”

— Peta Marks, Chief Operating Officer

With an estimate of 1 million Australians affected by an eating disorder, Ms Calvert stressed the importance of lived experience and collaborative consultation with a diversity of community members in the latest InsideOut Podcast episode on the importance of co-design in eating disorders research – highlighting how co-design incorporates a diversity of voices from the outset to ensure that research responds to priorities, fills knowledge gaps and changes people’s lives.

The Australian Eating Disorders Research and Translation Centre, led by InsideOut Institute with a National Consortium of partners, will lead the country’s vision towards the goal of improving outcomes for Australians living with an eating disorder and their loved ones.

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The Australian Eating Disorders Research and Translation Centre is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the National Leadership in Mental Health program.

Lead Agency, InsideOut Institute for Eating Disorders, is a joint venture between the Sydney Local Health District and the University of Sydney