MS Cath Roper

MS Cath Roper


  • Consumer perspectives in mental health



  • 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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Education and training

  • MA, University of Melbourne
  • DipEd, University of Melbourne
  • BA, La Trobe University

Awards and honors

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council, 2016
  • Gold Achievement Award, The Mental Health Service, 2003



Available for supervision

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