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Position Details
Reference Number 396822
Position Title Peer Support Worker - Mental Health Acute Units
Employment Status Permanent Part Time
Entity Murrumbidgee Local Health District
Geographical Location Wagga Wagga
Advertised Award/Classification Professional and Associated/Health Educ Off Non Grad
Salary $50,326.00 - $74,158.00
Hours per Week 20
Number of FTE 0.50
Purpose of Position

The Peer Support Worker will be based in the Wagga Wagga Mental Health Acute Units.  This is a newly built 30 bed mental health facility that includes 22 acute beds and 8 high dependency beds. The unit is primarily targeted at consumers aged 18-65 years with psychiatric conditions however admits consumers across the age spectrum including those with multiple and complex needs.  The Acute unit is committed to providing contemporary and innovative approaches to care.  The unit recognises consumers with mental health issues as experts in their own condition and strives to provide an optimistic and positive approach to care with a focus on collaborative decision making and care planning. Working with consumers, their families and carers and other service partners is central to the model of service delivery promoted by the unit.


The Peer Support Worker will be responsible and accountable to the Nurse Unit Manager and work collaboratively with members of the multidisciplinary team. The Peer Support Worker will have a lived experience of mental illness, will provide advice to the Mental Health Acute Unit on a range of issues and provide support to consumers at an individual and group level. The role is focussed on developing empathic relationships with consumers based on the common ground of the lived experience of mental illness. The Peer Support Worker will be expected to provide hope, encouragement and information and walk alongside consumers on their recovery journey.

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Selection Criteria 1. The personal lived experience of mental illness.

2. Demonstrated experience in systemic and individual advocacy and representation or willingness and ability to acquire these skills.

3. Demonstrated sound written and verbal communication skills, including report writing, presentation skills and basic computer skills.

4. Demonstrated ability to build effective partnerships and work cooperatively with others, including service staff, consumer networks, consumer workers and consumers together with an ability to work in a multidisciplinary team environment.

5. Demonstrated experience in facilitating consultations with individuals and groups or willingness and ability to acquire this skill.

6. Demonstrated experience in feeding outcomes and information back to consumers and ability to represent views beyond and potentially conflicting with one’s own views.

7. Demonstrated knowledge of the following: consumer participation principles and practice; rights and responsibilities for consumers; state and national mental health policies and recovery oriented service provision principles and practice.

8. Evidence of a Class C Drivers Licence and ability and willingness to travel for work purposes.
This position requires a Working With Children Check (WWCC) issued by the Office of the Children's Guardian. For more information on how to apply for the clearance, please visit the Office of the Children's Guardian website www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/working-with-children-check
Contact Person Sherylyne Rosengren
Contact Number 0259431700
Contact Email sherylyne.rosengren@health.nsw.gov.au
Closing Date 20/06/2017
Supporting Documents
Position Description click here to view
Application Guide click here to view