Promoting Peer Work

Promoting Peer Work in the NT is a project funded by the NDIS and delivered by MHACA to create employment opportunities for peer workers in the Northern Territory. Free training will be offered for peer workers and organisations in 2020.

What is a Mental Health Peer Worker?

Mental Health Peer Workers are trained in how to use their lived experience of mental illness and recovery to assist others on their recovery journey. Roles in the workplace range from support work to education and consumer consultants.

Peer Worker Training

There are 2 courses starting in August/September 2020.

1. Introduction to Peer Work

For people with lived experience of mental ill health and recovery who want to learn about becoming peer workers. Explore the foundations of peer work to discover if this pathway might be for you.

2. Training for Peer Workers

For peer workers who already have some training and workplace experience (paid or volunteer).

We are planning to offer Accredited Training with units from the CERT IV in Peer Work over the second half of 2020. Other opportunities may also be available.

Register your interest by contacting Ruth Apelt, Project Officer 0427 285 123 or email ruth.apelt@mhaca.org.au

For Organisations – Training and Mentoring

An experienced consultant will present a program of Organisational Readiness training from mid-year. Mentoring will be available for organisational leadership seeking to implement organisational change.

Sector organisations will be contacted with a short survey to understand workforce plans, barriers and how we can assist.

For more information contact Ruth Apelt, Project Officer 0427 285 123 or email ruth.apelt@mhaca.org.au

Growing the Peer Workforce

All Australian governments recognise the evidence-based value of peer workers in recovery-oriented mental health services. Reforms and opportunities are in progress to support the development of peer workforces including:

·         National Guidelines for the Peer Workforce are being finalised now.

·         Under the NDIS there may be greater opportunities for Peer Workers/Recovery Coaches.

·         The National Mental Health Commission’s Pandemic Response Plan has prioritised the inclusion of people with lived experience in co-designing services and providing peer support. The Commonwealth will use that Plan in allocating the COVID response funding of 48.1M creating more opportunity for organisations who are ready to develop their peer workforce.