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    About Lived Experience (Peer) Workforce in Metro North Mental Health

    The lived experience workforce is the fastest growing new professional discipline in mental health and considered a vital component of quality, recovery focused mental health care.

    A lived experience worker is someone who is employed in a role that requires them to utilise their lived/living experience of mental ill-health, service use and recovery to promote healing, wellbeing and community inclusion for individuals, their families and carers.

    If you are interested in becoming a Lived Experience Worker in Australia, a Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work is encouraged. A wide variety of additional training and professional development in specific models of peer work practice available from various private training providers and lived experience consultants.

    Our Roles

    The lived experience workforce in Metro North Mental Health are employed in inpatient, community care and leadership roles such as;

    • Director of Recovery
    • Team Leader
    • Consumer Carer Coordinators
    • Peer Workers
    • Peer Assistants

    The team is currently growing with new roles being created to ensure ongoing access to appropriate specialised peer support for individuals, families and carers.

    Why Metro North Mental Health?

    We are committed to best practice and continuous quality improvement and encourage staff to take advantage of training and development opportunities. We offer:

    • Competitive salary
    • Supportive environment
    • Ongoing supervision
    • Generous superannuation and salary packaging
    • Strong links to Lived Experience Networks
    • Incentives to further study
    • Flexible working arrangements, leave entitlements and paid study leave.

    Career and professional development

    We are committed to ensuring our staff reach their individual career goals. We have a range of opportunities for professional development including.

    • Training programs and events
    • Annual staff excellence awards
    • Support to attend forums and networks

    Pre-employment requirements

    There are no mandatory qualifications required to become a peer worker.

    Completion of a Certificate IV in Peer Work or Certificate IV in Peer Work and Wellness and Recovery Action Planning is encouraged.

    Other preemployment requirements include:

    • Mandatory vaccinations
    • Criminal history check
    • Other pre-employment checks including working with children.

    How to apply

    To apply, please complete our application form.

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