CMHDARN – Ethical and Inclusive Research – Webinar



Are you conducting research in the mental health and alcohol and other drugs sectors? How much do you know about conducting research with diverse communities? What is ethical research? What is inclusive research? CMHDARN is hosting a webinar that will explore these questions and more.

When conducting research in the mental health and alcohol and other drugs sectors, it is important to recognise that our populations are not homogeneous and we therefore need to consider the value and complexities of conducting research with diverse communities. This panel webinar will include voices from LGBTIQ+ communities, Aboriginal communities, people with disabilities and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. It will explore concepts such as:

A bit about the presenters:

Brandon Bear – Brandon is the Manager, Policy, Strategy and Research at ACON. Previously he has worked in project and people management at the Council for Intellectual Disability, Batyr and Yfoundations. Brandon is currently a Board Associate for the Aurora Foundation, and has been a member of a number of community boards including Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the Youth Action Policy Association and the NSW Association for Youth Health.

Frances Quan Farrant – Frances Quan Farrant is the Senior Research and Policy Officer for People with Disability Australia (PWDA). Frances has worked in the community and disability sector for over 18 years. Frances is a social scientist (B.A Macquarie) and graduate social worker (MSW QUT). Frances is also undertaking her PhD on community research, policy translation and the implementation of the CRPD in Australia and is currently enrolled at the University of Queensland.

Raehel Wallace – is the Practice Specialist at Lives Lived Well and she also works part time as the Aboriginal Program Manager for NADA. Raechel has worked in the alcohol and other drugs sector for the past 15 years primarily in Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol field. Her background includes service management, project management and workforce support. Raechel was the project lead for the development of the NADA alcohol & other drugs treatment guidelines for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Raechel is also a member of the NSW Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Network Leadership Group.

Roy Laube – Dr Roy Laube has worked with the Transcultural Mental Health Centre since 2003 in the areas of clinical consultation, research, professional development, and clinical supervision.  He is a clinical psychologist with a background in acute mental health care, behavioural medicine, and psychoeducation for culturally and linguistically diverse families.  He has been a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee in Southeast Sydney LHD for 20 years.  He maintains a private clinical practice with an emphasis on professional supervision and is on the faculty of the postgraduate clinical program at Western Sydney University where he supervises research into culture and mental health.

Facilitated by Dr Suzie Hudson, Clinical Director at NADA. Suzie is an accredited mental health social worker with over 20 years’ clinical experience in the fields of substance misuse, mental health, forensics, research and evaluation.

The webinar will be recorded live with participants able to ask questions throughout.

another webinar that may be of interest;

CMHDARN – Research Skills Webinar Series – Developing a Research Question
Thursday 18th June, 2:00pm-3:00pm
read more and register

If you have any questions – contact the CMHDARN Coordinator at

The Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN) is a collaborative project between Network of Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies (NADA), Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) and the Mental Health Commission of NSW. Visit the CMHDARN website here