Cath Roper holds a pioneering consumer academic role at the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing. Using perspectives arising from lived experience of mental health services, Cath develops and co-delivers training across specialist mental health service setting, and co-ordinates, teaches, assesses a core consumer perspective subject in the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing, Mental Health.
Cath has an international profile as a speaker, keynote and scholar. Her research interests include the development of consumer perspective as a discipline, and consumer decision-making, human rights and ethics in the context of mental health legislation. Cath has co-chaired government committees, worked as a consumer surveyor with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, been engaged for policy development, and built up strong, collegial relationships with local, national and international service user academics and leaders.
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Authentic engagement: A conceptual model for welcoming diverse and challenging consumer an..
Consultancy Services To Lead The Development Of A Program Logic And Monitoring And Evaluat..
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Very useful, but do carefully: Mental health researcher views on establishing a Mental Health Expert Consumer Researcher Group
Brett Scholz, Chris Platania-Phung, Sarah Gordon, Pete Ellis, Cath Roper, Julia Bocking, Brenda Happell
Journal article | 2019 | Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
INTRODUCTION: Contemporary mental health policy identifies consumers as active participants in all aspects of mental health servic..
"I don't think we've quite got there yet": The experience of allyship for mental health consumer researchers
Brenda Happell, Brett Scholz, Sarah Gordon, Julia Bocking, Pete Ellis, Cath Roper, Jackie Liggins, Chris Platania-Phung
Journal article | 2018 | Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
How did I not see that? Perspectives of nonconsumer mental health researchers on the benefits of collaborative research with consumers
Brenda Happell, Sarah Gordon, Julia Bocking, Pete Ellis, Cath Roper, Jackie Liggins, Chris Platania-Phung, Brett Scholz
Journal article | 2018 | International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Attitudes towards seclusion and restraint in mental health settings: findings from a large, community-based survey of consumers, carers and mental health professionals
SA Kinner, C Harvey, B Hamilton, L Brophy, C Roper, B McSherry, JT Young
Journal article | 2017 | Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
Reducing Seclusion and Restraint: Hearing from Consumers and their Supporters
B MCSHERRY, L Brophy, Catherine Roper, Juan Jose Tellez, Bridget Hamilton
Journal article | 2017 | The Health Advocate
Seclusion and restraint are interventions currently permitted for use in mental health and other services to control or manage beh..
Consumers and their supporters' perspectives on poor practice and the use of seclusion and restraint in mental health settings: results from Australian focus groups
Lisa M Brophy, Catherine E Roper, Bridget E Hamilton, Juan Jose Tellez, Bernadette M McSherry
Journal article | 2016 | International Journal of Mental Health Systems
DEFINING SECLUSION AND RESTRAINT: LEGAL AND POLICY DEFINITIONS VERSUS CONSUMER AND CARER PERSPECTIVES.
Cath Roper, Bernadette McSherry, Lisa Brophy
Journal article | 2015 | Journal of Law and Medicine
The practices of seclusion and restraint may be used in a variety of health settings to control behaviour. Laws and policies that ..
Consumer involvement in the tertiary-level education of mental health professionals: A systematic review
Brenda Happell, Louise Byrne, Margaret McAllister, Debra Lampshire, Cath Roper, Cadeyrn J Gaskin, Graham Martin, Dianne Wynaden, Brian McKenna, Richard Lakeman, Chris Platania-Phung, Helen Hamer
Journal article | 2014 | International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
The role of a mental health consumer in the education of postgraduate psychiatric nursing students: the students' evaluation.
B Happell, C Roper
Journal article | 2003 | Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Recent Australian Government policy reflects the integral nature of active consumer participation to the planning and delivery of ..
Attitudes of postgraduate nursing students towards consumer participation in mental health services and the role of the consumer academic.
Brenda Happell, Jaya Pinikahana, Cath Roper
Journal article | 2002 | International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Consumer participation in health care is increasingly becoming an expectation of health services. While important progress has bee..
Promoting consumer participation through the implementation of a consumer academic position.
Brenda Happell, Cath Roper
Journal article | 2002 | Nurse Education in Practice
Consumer participation in mental health care is increasingly becoming an expectation. A review of the literature suggests that the..
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Lifetime Achievement Award
Gold Achievement Award
Lecturer (Mernatl Health Consumer Acad)
Bachelor of Arts
La Trobe University
Graduate Diploma in Education
University of Melbourne
Masters in Social Health
University of Melbourne