What’s happening in Peer Work

Here is some information and links to current mental health peer work initiatives:

Northern NSW Local Health District has developed some information for their peer workers and other staff which they’ve agreed to share on this website. The Orientation Booklet is primarily developed for Peer Support Workers to complement general orientation processes but is also designed to be accessible as a resource for all staff. The Information fact sheet is for general staff to introduce the Peer Work Positions.

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David Stone reflects on his experiences as a peer worker at Bloomfield Hospital in his Mental Health Peer Support Unit Analyses report.

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Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, has an online resource which explores the benefits of Youth Peer Work.

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NSW Health has produced a fact sheet on the Peer Workforce in NSW

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Queensland Mental Health Commission has released a report on the Peer workforce, examining the barriers and enablers to the employment of people with a lived experience in the mental health sector.

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NSW Minister for Mental Health announced funding for more peer workers to help mental health consumers back into the community.

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Read about Peninsula Health’s experience on introducing a peer workforce – published by Croakey.

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In NSW, members of the Consumer Led Research Network have been meeting since October 2014. The Network has provided an ongoing mechanism to develop collaborative partnerships between members, and strengthen the capacity of both consumer researchers and consumer led research in NSW. The Network can be contacted via its Facebook page. It is a closed group so you’ll need to send a request to join.