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Collaboration & Co-Creation
with Service Users

The aim of the collaborative is to focus, discus and develop service user participation in practice research. The issue has been touched at all practice research conferences and will be the main topic for the 6th International Conference in Practice Research in Social Work in Aalborg, Denmark in 2023.

 

The topic needs ongoing discussions and development. Collaboration and co-creation are central parts of any kind of practice research. The collaboration between researchers and service users could, however, be one of the most challenging parts – especially if we include experiences from collaboration between social workers and service users in social work.

Collaboration & Co-creation with Service Users
Aalborg Workshop
Chair: Melissa Petrakis 

The aim of the collaborative is to focus on discussing and developing service user participation in practice research. The issue has been touched at all practice research conferences and will be the main topic for this 6th International Conference in Practice Research in Social Work in Aalborg, Denmark. The topic needs ongoing discussions and development. Collaboration and co-creation are central parts of any kind of practice research. The collaboration between researchers and service users can be challenging and contradictory – especially if we include experiences from collaboration between social workers and service users. We are interested in building an international community of practice of collaboration and cocreation with service users in health, mental health, and social services and related areas. The idea of the group is for members to share experience from different regions and projects, to discuss issues, notions, barriers, and possibilities, maybe to write and present together – and naturally to include service users, service user organizations and practitioners in the discussion of the collaboration and co-creation. 

CHAIR:

Melissa Petrakis (Monash University, Australia)

09:00

Lars Uggerhøj (Aalborg University, Denmark)

1 - Keynote and Q&A: Thoughts and philosophy behind the involvement of people with lived experiences 

09:18

Simon Kroes (St Vincent’s Health Australia, Australia)
Grace McLoughlan (Neami, Australia)
Kevan Myers (St Vincent’s Health Australia, Australia)
Sarah O'Connor (Neami, Australia)
Erin Keily (N/A, Australia)
Melissa Petrakis (Monash University, Australia)

2 - Coproduction with youth service users in a residential mental health service: methodological learnings from implementing a dual diagnosis tool 

PRESENTER: Kevan Myers

09:36

Liam Buckley (St Vincent’s Health Australia, Australia)
Carmen Raspor (St Vincent’s Health Australia, Australia)
Melissa Petrakis (Monash University, Australia)

3 - Co-designing and co-producing the provision of support during and following inpatient care: Mental health service users and social workers collaborating as allies 

PRESENTER: Liam Buckley

09:54

Caroline Walters (Monash University, Australia)
Melissa Petrakis (Monash University, Australia)

4 - Mental Health Family Carer Experiences during COVID-19: navigating complexity and diversity within a co-designed and co-produced Australian national study 

PRESENTER: Caroline Walters

10:12

Maj Nygaard-Christensen (Aarhus University, Denmark)

5 - Service journeys in research with structurally vulnerable people who use drugs 

About the Collaborative

The collaboration between social workers and service users has been and still is both the most important and most difficult part of social work. The collaborative might be able to learn from social work – and social work might be able to learn from research. The idea of the group is for members to share experience from different regions and projects, to discuss issues, notions, barriers, and possibilities, maybe to write and present together – and naturally to include service users, service user organizations and practitioners in the discussion of the collaboration and co-creation.To make the discussions and meetings possible the collaborative will plan regular online meetings, webinars and conference workshops and symposiums whenever. Relevant.

Contact

Get in touch with this collaborative to discuss current research projects, collaborations and upcoming meeting dates. 

For more information please email Lars Uggerhøj lug@socsci.aau.dk

Membership 

Reports and Publications 

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