Knowledge is power. Well, kind of.
I've done enough research and evaluation to know it's more like 'influence'. If you're lucky.
But I also know the importance of academic rigour and ethical, methodical approaches to improving the sector.
I helped develop the approach to using 'lived experience' at Auckland University and co-created the inaugural Service Users in Academia Symposium where I gave the keynote address. I also helped lead research in to the media reporting of suicide and pioneering co-design research on supported housing.
I also have a role at the Centre for eHealth at AUT University where I've led two national projects for the Health Promotion Agency exploring the awareness, uptake an optimal engagement with anxiety and depression resources and services.