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Peer Worker, National Psychosocial Services


Reference: 4561481

Full-time and Part-time positions available based in Warrnambool

Join a nationally recognised provider of mental health and disability services with access to ongoing support and training/developmental opportunities, attractive salary and salary packaging benefits

About you

You are a passionate, empathetic and caring individual who is looking to make an invaluable positive impact on the lives of others. You have a lived experience of mental health issues/disability and recovery and now are willing to help people to build their capacity and skills to recover.

You have the ability to build a strong rapport and trust, enabling you to bring hope, joy, empowerment and a sense of belonging to an individual.

If yes, this role is for you!

About this opportunity

The National Psychosocial Service (NPS) is a new program that provides psychosocial support services to assist people aged 18-65 who experience mental health issues. The overall objectives are to support people and families affected by mental illness, who are not more appropriately supported through the NDIS, to improve their social and emotional wellbeing. It aims to, reducing the need for more intense and acute health services and enhancing the appropriate/optimal use of the health system.

The NPS program is funded by the Commonwealth Government and commissioned through Western Victoria Primary Health Network. Wellways will be delivering this program in the Geelong-Otway and Great South Coast regions of Western Victoria.

The Peer Worker is responsible for supporting clients and families to maintain their independence, engage with the community and better understand and manage mental health conditions. The peer worker will work alongside recovery workers, and play an important role in supporting engagement in the program during the intake and assessment process. The peer worker will utilise their lived experience according to peer values and intentional peer support practice and principles to develop and implement individually tailored recovery plans with significant focus in areas such as healthy lifestyle, social inclusion, autonomy, daily living skills and knowledge development.

What do you need?

  • Certificate IV or above, or commensurate experience working in a support role for people with mental health issues and/or their families/carers
  • Prior experience or knowledge of Individualised Client Support Packages (ICSP), Personal Helpers and Mentors Support (PHaMs) and Partners in Recovery (PIR) will be highly regarded
  • Current and valid Driver's License and ability to undertake travel as required
  • Satisfactory National police check & Working with Children's Check, prior to commencement is mandatory. You will also be subject to a Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme check. This is a check of an individual's name against a DHHS database that records individuals who pose a proven risk to the health, safety or welfare of people with a disability. If your name is on the list, you will be ineligible to work for Wellways Australia.

About Wellways

We are a value based organisation. We stand for Honesty, Acceptance, Fairness, Commitment, Participation.

Wellways Australia is a leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to ensuring all Australians lead active and fulfilling lives in their community. We work with individuals, families and the community to help them imagine and achieve better lives. We advocate for change to make sure people can access the best possible care and information when they need it. We provide a wide range of services and assistance for people with mental health issues, disabilities, youth and older Australians and those requiring community care.

How to apply

To apply and to download a copy of the position description please visit our Careers page & enter ref code: 4561481. For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Frank Mikhail, Community, Youth & Family Services Manager on 0437 732 249.

Applications close 21 February 2019 COB

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a lived experience are encouraged to apply"

Wellways Australia Limited is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable people. All applicants applying for roles within Wellways must undergo a screening process prior to their successful appointment.

Applications Close: 21 Feb 2019