EOI: VR Project Youth Advisors

EOI: VR Project Youth Advisors

Expression of interest: virtual reality project - youth advisors


We're looking for youth advisors who've experienced difficulties with hallucinations in social situations and have been diagnosed with a psychotic disorder to help us develop and design virtual reality (VR) environments to be used in a new Orygen Digital study.

What's the opportunity?

Orygen Digital needs a team of up to 10 youth advisors (ages 16 to 25) who have experienced trouble participating in social situations because of hallucinations. 

As a youth advisor, you'll use your lived experience to help us develop VR content and provide your opinion on key design aspects in preparation for the study later this year.

We'd like a broad representation of young people with lived experience of different types of social difficulties. 

Your help will make the project as inclusive, functional, engaging and user-friendly as possible.  


Youth advisors will choose one of two options for their involvement in the project: 

Option 1: Youth advisors will meet as a group in 2x workshop sessions. This will be followed by 1x one-on-one consultation.  

Option 2: A youth advisor will participate in up to 3x one-on-one consultations. 

The workshops and consultations will happen over MS Teams and will be 2 hours long. While dates aren’t confirmed just yet, workshops and consultations be conducted sometime in March 2023. Once we’ve confirmed your involvement, the group facilitator will work with you to arrange meeting times that work with your schedule.  

The goals of each workshop and the consultations will be communicated to you before each session.

As a youth advisor in this project, you might be expected to:  

  • Discuss (broadly) your experiences in facing hallucinations and social challenges in public spaces and social environments; 
  • Discuss what to put in the virtual social environments that could be helpful in learning coping and managing hallucinations; 
  • Collaborate with group members in activities (if participating in workshops). 

In your role, there might be times where you feel it would be useful to share your lived experience of mental health, however this is entirely up to you and there is no pressure for you to do so. Anything shared during workshops, consultations or via email with the project team will not be shared outside of the team without your consent.

The project team is composed of researchers, clinicians and technology developers from Orygen and the University of Melbourne. The workshops will be run by a group facilitator, Shona Louis, who will be supported by the project lead, Rose Pot-Kolder. 


We're looking for people who: 

  • Are aged 16 to 25 years; 
  • Are based in Australia; 
  • Have experienced difficulties in social situations because of hallucinations; 
  • Are passionate about technologies such as virtual reality; 
  • Have access to a device with MS Teams installed with secure internet connection. 

Making this project accessible to all young Australians is of high priority to the project team. We strongly welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, young people from the LGBTQIA+ communities, young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and young people with a disability.  

How can I get involved?

If you’re interested in being a youth advisor and contributing to this project, please complete the form below and we will be in touch.  

Expressions of interest close on 17/03/23 05:00PM 


Do you meet the criteria listed under "who are we looking for"?:

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By completing this form, you are providing personal information to Orygen Limited (ABN 85 098 918 686) (Orygen).   

For what purposes will we use your information? 

Orygen will use this information for the purpose of recruiting youth advisors who have experienced difficulties with hallucinations in social situations and have been diagnosed with a psychotic disorder to use their lived experience to consult on key virtual reality design aspects and help develop virtual reality content ahead of a new study, or any other purposes related to this purpose.  

Your email address will also be used to add you to Orygen’s mailing list so that we can contact you and send information relating to topics that we consider may be of interest to you.  

Who will we disclose your information to? 

When using your information for the purposes above, it may be necessary for Orygen to disclose your information to our employees or third-party service providers (such as IT service providers) who are located Australia.

Your consent 

By completing this form, you consent to the collection and use of your information in the way described in this privacy collection notice. If you do not wish for your information to be used in this way, please do not complete the form. 

Further information 

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Phone: +61 3 9966 9100 

Email: [email protected] 





If you have further questions about the role or project, get in touch with the group facilitator, Shona Louis, or project lead, Rose Pot-Kolder:

Shona Louis, Youth Peer Worker & Researcher. Pronouns: she/her/hers. Email: [email protected] 

Rose Pot-Kolder, Research Fellow. Pronouns: she/her/hers. Email: [email protected]