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Peer Care Companion

Wagga Wagga & Griffith

Wagga Wagga

Reference: 5089361

Murrumbidgee Suicide Prevention Program

  • Multiple full-time and part-time positions based around the Murrumbidgee, NSW
  • Join a nationally recognised provider of mental health and disability services
  • An opportunity to apply your leadership skills to support in driving Wellways' vision and strategic goals
  • Attractive salary packaging benefits

About this opportunity

The Peer Enhancement model provides support to people most at‐risk of suicide: people who have attempted suicide or those who are experiencing a suicidal crisis.

The role of a Peer CARE Companion is to help an individual stay safe, develop new skills, and build both confidence and knowledge to improve their wellbeing following a suicide attempt and/or crisis. The Peer CARE Companion will instil hope, encourage self-belief and determination, help people to find purpose and meaning in all they do and importantly, empower people to explore the paths towards recovery that they feel are best for them. This role will ensure that people who have recently experienced a suicidal crisis and/or who have attempted suicide can connect with peers who have had a personal experience of suicidal crisis and/or attempt themselves. The Peer CARE Companion will offer unique support options based on Compassion, Acceptance, Respect and Empathy (CARE) and share their experience of recovery as well as ongoing strategies that they use to create a life worth living. In addition, the Peer CARE Companion will work alongside local families and communities in delivering community awareness raising programs and supports with the aim of encouraging help seeking and reduction of stigma associated with suicide.

Skills & qualifications

As the ideal candidate, you will possess the following:

  • Personal lived experience of suicidal crisis and/or suicide attempt
  • Experience in the area of crisis intervention and trauma response including well established self-care practices
  • Experience consulting and working collaboratively with individuals, communities and other stakeholders
  • Experience in building supportive and respectful relationships with people experiencing distress and a clear understanding of professional ethics and boundaries
  • Experience in the delivery of community development, education and capacity building initiatives, with a particular emphasis on working with diverse communities and groups
  • The ability to communicate and model a vision that generates enthusiasm and commitment
  • Appropriate IT skills, including the ability to write case notes
  • A current valid Driver's License, a Police Records Check and Working with Children Check, prior to commencement

About Wellways

Wellways works with people with mental illness and other disabilities, their families and friends to improve their wellbeing and to gain inclusion into communities. We provide this support through recovery, education and advocacy programs and provide a range of innovative rehabilitation programs. We currently employ over 1000 staff and work across multiple sites within Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT.

How to apply

To apply and to download a copy of the position description please visit our Careers page (wellways.org/careers-wellways).

For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Ella Fyfe - Team Leader on 0437 775 441 (Wednesday & Thursday) or efyfe@wellways.org

Applications close 8th June 2020, Close of Business

Please note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

"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: 08 Jun 2020



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