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.