University level courses that build management and leadership skills are eligible for funding. To be awarded a scholarship, candidates must demonstrate their commitment to the lived and living experience workforces and describe how the proposed course will support them to use their lived or living experience perspective across leadership or management roles in the mental health and wellbeing or AOD sector. For example, in leadership, management or change management roles.
Funding is available to support lived and living experience workers to complete university level qualifications in Family Therapy (for example, a Graduate Certificate of Counselling Child Youth and Family Therapy or a Master of Clinical Family Therapy). Applicants will need to demonstrate a clear connection to family/carer leadership and skill development in their application to meet the requirements of this initiative.
Currently there are not any lived or living experience specific university courses offered by Australian-based universities. However, applications from candidates wishing to complete postgraduate courses in Mad Studies through international universities or higher degrees by research focused on lived or living experience research topics are encouraged.
These scholarships are not designed to support lived and living experience workers to qualify as mental health clinicians. As such, funding is not available for degrees in clinical disciplines (for example, nursing, social work, occupational therapy).
Areas of study that applicants could consider include (but are not limited to):
- education and training
- research and evaluation
- training and assessment
- change management
- finance and administration
- policy and governance
- health services management
- project management
- family therapy
- mad studies.