Sam Farr.

Sam is a Lived Experience leader who has worked across the health and social sectors.

With firsthand experience as both a service user and practitioner of mental health and addiction services, Sam brings a unique perspective aimed at driving quality improvement and enhancing health and social services for people who access them.

Sam is passionate about promoting trauma-informed care, integrating Lived Experience within the health workforce, and directing resources towards the well-being of rangatahi and whānau.

Sam has held positions leading Peer Support services, delivered Peer Support training and supervision, and has provided Lived Experience consultancy for specialist mental health, addiction, and forensic services.

In recent years, Sam has played a crucial role within primary care, leading initiatives focused on quality and equity while providing a Lived Experience lens to the Integrated Primary Mental Health and Addictions programme in Auckland.

key skills include

Lived experience, mental health, project management, project implementation