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Mental health advocacy terms

Disability Royal Commission hearings sometimes use terms that most Australians aren’t very familiar with. We’re keeping a list of these and trying to explain them in plain language. Please feel free to email us at comms@pwd.org.au if you have suggestions for words that should be included.


Psychosocial Disability: Societal barriers arising from mental health issues. Not everyone who has a mental health issue or diagnosis will identify themselves a person with psychosocial disability.

Consumers: People who use (or are subject to) the mental healthcare system.

Consumer Advocate: A consumer of the mental healthcare system involved in self-advocacy/systemic advocacy for the rights their community.

Consumer/Survivor Advocate: Another term for consumer advocate, acknowledging that some consumer advocates are also survivors of violence, abuse or neglect at the hands of the system they advocate to change.

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