National Register - TAS Representative Profiles

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Darren Jiggins, Consumer Representative

For the past 25 years I have been an active social justice advocate. In the past 17 years I have focused on issues related to mental illness and the system that I experience as a consumer. I have been active locally and nationally on many committees, attended conferences, forums, and advisory groups. Currently I am an active Director on the Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (PMHCCN). 

I was very fortunate to have started work as a Peer Worker in 2002 in the community sector and still enjoy working in this role. Last year I was very pleased to be able to contribute to the ‘Peer Workforce Australia’ book. The further development of the Peer Workforce is very important to me and I was pleased to have been recently selected to work with the NMHC on the ‘Peer Workforce Development Guidelines Steering Committee’.

Having completed a degree in the social sciences this gives me a knowledge of the sociological driving forces that lead to policy development and an insight into how we can all best advocate for change. I hope to continue to utilise my knowledge, skills and abilities to seek to change the system for the better in many years to come.

Jan West, Consumer Representative

I have worked and volunteered for many years in mental health and community based positions. I believe in promoting acceptance of differences and finding creative options for reducing stigma and promoting social inclusion. I retrained with a Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work. I have lived my life among a wide range of interesting people, many with a range of chronic health conditions. I believe in working together we can create unity. 

Mental health affects us all – we all have mental health – good or not so good. I would like to see the policies, linkages and action between government, organisations and individuals to promote acceptance and inclusion in mental health, without stigma.

I have good working knowledge of social determinants of health, in particular for rural, regional and isolated communities. I have sat on and been Treasurer of Flourish Tasmania. I have extensive experience in building community and promoting total health – the integration of mental, physical, social, intellectual, emotional and financial aspects. I am a member of the National Mental Health Consumer Carer Forum. I am flexible in my availability. 

There are a total of 2 consumer and 1 carer representatives currently on the National Register.

Please note that representative profiles are not currently available for all National Register members.

 

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