Youth Participation Leaders

Jacqui Faliszewski

Jacqui Faliszewski is the Youth Participation Program Manager at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia. Jacqui is responsible for advocating for youth participation and implementing Orygen’s Youth Engagement & Participation Strategy which will deliver of a range projects that will facilitate youth engagement across the organisation. This role works in partnership with Orygen’s Youth Advisory & Youth Research council to establish programs and processes to involve young people in decision making at all levels and across all areas of the organisation.

 

Dr Magenta Simmons

Dr Magenta Simmons is a Research Fellow in Evidence-Based Clinical Decision Making and the Youth Partnerships in Research Coordinator at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia. As the Youth Partnerships in Research Coordinator, Dr Simmons works with the Orygen Youth Research Council to promote youth participation across Orygen's Research Division; putting young people at the centre of what research we undertake, the way in which conduct this research and our strategies for dissemination and translation. Her work focuses on how young people can be meaningfully involved as collaborators in research projects, as consumers in clinical decision making about their own care, and as peer workers supporting other consumers. Dr. Simmons has developed a number of online tools to support young people to make decisions about treatment for mental ill-health.