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Tanya Mackay

Tanya joined McPin in 2019 following a move from Australia. Her previous work was university-based, and had a strong focus on co-design in research and advocacy. She has a First Class Honours degree in social work, and uses her practice knowledge of strengths-based and narrative approaches as well as her lived experience as both a service user and carer to inform her research. She has worked extensively on recovery models and peer work within the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia, and continues to be involved in various academic work around consumer directed models of care across social support service broadly. Tanya has also been involved in developing policy in the mental health space. She is passionate about lived experience expertise, and her role at McPin allows her to continue to develop this approach to research. She has an interest in ongoing work around vicarious trauma for people in support roles and research, and hopes to contribute to improving mechanisms for supporting the wellbeing of people in these positions.