Jun 18
Opportunity For Mental Health Drug And Alcohol Service Consumer Representatives

Anyone in the Orange region who has experienced a mental health issue is invited to attend a Consumer Forum being hosted by the Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Service (MHDA) of the Western NSW Local Health District.

“The purpose of the forum is to bring together people with a lived experience of mental illness or drug and alcohol issues, who would be interested in casual roles as consumer representatives with the Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Service,” said Jenny Coleman, Consumer Consultant.

“People with a lived experience of mental illness have unique expertise and understanding and the service is seeking greater input from consumers.  This is an opportunity for consumers to make a difference and help improve the design, delivery and evaluation of local services.  There is an opening here for people to be involved on both a voluntary and casual basis,” said Ms Coleman.

The free Consumer Forum will be held in the West Room of the Orange Regional Gallery, Byng Street on Wednesday, 26th June 10.00am – 1.00pm.

Consumers from the local region will participate in round table discussions at the forum and gain some information about what’s happening, to see if they’re interested in helping shape local Mental Health Drug & Alcohol services, said Ms Coleman.

“So if you are a consumer and you would like to have a say on issues relevant to mental health drug and alcohol, we would love you to come to the forum to see how you can become involved,” she said.

To find out more about casual consumer representative roles in your local Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Service, please join us at:

Consumer Forum:

Wednesday, 26th June

Orange Regional Gallery - West Room,

Byng Street, Orange

From 10.00am – 1.00pm (a light lunch will be provided)

Contacts for registration and inquiries:

Therese Lajtar on 6360 7987 or Therese.Lajtar@gwahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Janet Price on 6360 7978 or Janet.Price@gwahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Julie Proctor on 6360 7986 or Julie.Proctor@gwahs.health.nsw.gov.au

RSVP BY:       By Friday, 21st June


MEDIA: Media are invited to a photo opportunity at the Forum:

WHEN:           Wednesday, 26th June, 10am-1pm

WHERE:        Orange Regional Gallery – West Room

For more information contact:

Jenny Coleman, Consumer Consultant, MHDA, Western NSW LHD – 6360 8000 or 6361 4874 or Meg Simpson, District Coordinator, Health Promotion, MHDA, Western NSW LHD – 0427 909 900