Lived Experience /
Lived Experience / Peer Worker Research
Under an MoU, the Department of Health provided funding to the National Mental Health Commission to engage us, Lived Experience Australia, to undertake work to investigate the feasibility of establishing a member based organisation for the peer workforce in Australia. Our Final Report explores potential governance structures and models of a national organisation. The Report also explored gaps and opportunities for training of peer workers and data on the peer workforce.
Peer workers bring their valuable lived experience and unique skills to the mental health workforce and are able to establish valuable connections to assist others in the recovery journey. Building our peer workforce is essential. Having a dedicated organisation or association to support mental health peer workers is the next vital step.
Activities completed during the project included:
Completing an Australian and International review
Scoping for a better understand of the peer workforce
Conducting workshops in all Australian capital cities
Collaborating and communicating with other organisations engaged in supporting peer workers.
Developing a model for a National Peer Organisation
Having a booth at the TheMHS 2017 Conference
Supporting the development of educational material focused on the employer
The Commission will continue to liaise with the Department around potential next steps, including in the context of the Commission’s existing work under the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.
Download the full report, summary report and literature review from the links below.
Tip Sheets for Lived Experience / Peer Workers
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on all Australians. Peer workers play a crucial role in supporting consumers, families and carers in mental health, and the additional challenges from COVID-19 have made this a difficult task.
We have developed two tip sheets to support peer workers during this time, see the link below for details.