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The Stretch2Engage framework guides organisations to improve and increase meaningful engagement of people with lived experience in service design and evaluation in the mental health and alcohol and other drugs public and non-government sectors.
The framework is founded on values that acknowledge meaningful engagement of people with a lived experience, their families, friends and supporters is a human right, fundamental to citizenship.
Meaningful engagement requires organisations to think and act differently. Stretch2Engage places the responsibility for engagement on service providers, not on people using services.
This approach changes how engagement is understood, resourced and implemented, and emphasises the need for organisations to build their engagement capability.
The following resources have been developed to assist organisations to implement Stretch2Engage.
While Stretch2Engage was developed for the MH and AOD sectors it has wide applicability to other sectors seeking to engage with the people they serve.
A series of short videos showing the experiences of the pilot sites and tips for implementing Stretch2Engage: