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Peer Recovery Worker


Reference: 4860104

  • Rewarding part time opportunity 0.5 FTE (38 hours per fortnight)
  • $67k annual salary (pro rata) + superannuation + salary packaging benefits + leave loading
  • Utilise your lived experience to empower others in their recovery journey

About Wellways

We are a values based organisation. We stand for Honesty, Acceptance, Fairness, Commitment, and 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 ensure people have access to 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.

About the program

Youth Residential Rehabilitation (YRR) is a recovery-focused program for young people aged 16-24 who are experiencing mental health issues. The accommodation consists of multiple shared units and the program is designed for participants to stay for a maximum of 12 months. The program is staffed 12 hours a day, 7 days a week with an on-call system in place for overnight support. To view the program details further please visit our website:

About this opportunity

This role is unique as it requires someone with a lived experience of mental health to share their personal experiences of their recovery, to engage and empower individuals in their own recovery journey. You will share your lived experience to assist participants, their families, clinicians, and the community to better understand the participant perspective and to improve outcomes for participants.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Engage participants, their families, and friends in the program and develop professional, trusting working relationships
  • Conduct regular face to face support visits to connect with the person, monitor and offer support
  • Assist participants to identify areas of need using assessment and outcomes measurement tools
  • Develop individually tailored recovery plans, focusing on individual goals, skill, and knowledge development, including physical health, wellbeing and housing outcomes
  • Administrative requirements including case notes, assessments, recovery plans, regular reporting, and records maintenance

Skills & Experience

  • Lived experience of mental health
  • Relevant qualifications or commensurate experience in working in a support role for people with mental health issues
  • Current valid Driver's Licence and the ability to undertake travel
  • Right to work in Australia
  • Satisfactory National Police Records Check, Working with Children's Check, Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme Check and NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) Worker Orientation Module Certificate: are mandatory prior to commencement


  • Salary package up to $15,899 per annum
  • Receive a 17.5 percent leave loading every time you take a holiday
  • Access to ongoing support and opportunity for career development within the organisation
  • Thorough induction and orientation program
  • For a full list of our staff benefits, visit

How to apply

To apply and to download a copy of the position description please visit our careers page ( & enter ref code: 4860104. For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Gemma Marchant, Program Coordinator on 03 5822 8661 or email

Applications close 22 September 2019

We warmly encourage people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and people with a lived experience of mental health and disability 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: 22 Sep 2019

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