Shannon Calvert is a lived experience professional, having experienced a severe and enduring eating disorder for most of her life. Her personal experience inspired her advocacy in eating disorders, mental health and palliative care to support the respect, rights and appropriate choice of treatment for those affected. As a Lived Experience Educator and Consumer Consultant, she collaborates with clinicians and researchers in an advisory capacity, providing consultation and engagement toward systemic improvement in the mental health and eating disorder sector.
Shannon has presented at national and international conferences on the importance of compassion in treatment interventions; consumer and carer engagement in design of policy, and education; as well as her lived experience of having a severe and enduring eating disorder and trauma. She was invited as a plenary speaker at the 2019 International Conference on Eating Disorders presenting on the topic “When does the time come for compulsory treatment?” where she shared her lived experience of Involuntary treatment and recovery.
Shannon has a renowned dedication for eating disorder and mental health reform, representing and supporting those with lived experience and all professionals working in the field of eating disorders and related issues in prevention, treatment and research. She is an executive member of ANZAED (Australia New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders) and is the co-convenor for the ANZAED conference in 2021, and has international links, being a member of AED’s Experts by Experience Committee. As a peer mentor and founder of ‘Healing Conversations’ Shannon offers advisory consultancy and mentoring to promote hope for recovery to individuals receiving treatment including families and services involved.
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