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Principal Advisor Lived Experience

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  • Location:


  • Applications Close:

    11 April 2021

  • Sector:

    Lived Experience
  • Type:


  • Hours:

    Full Time

  • Organisation:

    Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

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  • New strategic thought leadership position
  • Key influencing role improving mental health and wellbeing outcomes

Do you thrive in an environment where you can be part of shaping something new? Are you looking for a start-up role that will have a positive impact on the lives of all people in Aotearoa New Zealand?

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission opened its doors on 9 February 2021 to bring leadership and oversight to the transformation of our mental health and addiction system, and to contribute to better and equitable mental health and wellbeing outcomes for all people in Aotearoa.

As a newly established organisation, this is a great time to join us and play a key role in supporting the Commission as we assess and report on progress with system transformation, monitor mental health and addiction services, and advocate for the collective interests of people with lived experience of mental distress and/or addiction.

As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi-grounded organisation, we are committed to fulfilling our responsibility as an independent Crown Entity to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and work in partnership with Māori as tangata whenua. We want our workforce to be a reflection of our communities across Aotearoa and are actively seeking applications from people who represent that diversity.

As the Principal Advisor Lived Experience, you will provide expert advice to ensure that the voices of the lived experience community are represented and reflected in all that the Commission does and to enable the Commission to advocate for the collective interests of people who experience mental distress and/or addiction.

You will play a key role in developing and strengthening stakeholder relationships and lived experience and consumer engagement, ensuring collaboration and a co-design approach.

We are looking for someone who:

  • can draw on their expert knowledge of lived experience concepts, knowledge and frameworks
  • has extensive networks in the Mental Health and Addiction networks
  • has a strong knowledge of Te Ao Māori and tikanga as it relates to lived experience communities.

This is a great time to come on board our small team and drive identifying ways and opportunities to improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes in Aotearoa, in particular for Maori and our key population groups.

To apply, please go to our website where you can download the position descriptions and application form. Please send your completed application form to

Applications close 5pm Sunday, 11 April 2021.