Position Details
Reference Number 160192
Position Title Peer Support Worker- Mental Health
Employment Status Permanent Part Time
Program Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol
Location Swanston Centre
Salary $0.00
Hours Per Fortnight 40
Position Summary
  • Are you passionate about supporting others on their recovery journeys from mental distress and/or drug and alcohol use?
  • Gain valuable experiences to assist your future career prospects
  • Ongoing training and professional development in a supported work environment

About the facility

MHDAS provides integrated and recovery oriented mental health, drugs and alcohol assessment, treatment and community support to people of all ages within the Barwon region experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, mental health and drug & alcohol issues, and their families.

Our service is internationally recognised for its innovative clinical programs and integrated models of practice that are client centred, accessible and family inclusive. We are fortunate to enjoy terrific internal relationships and have developed excellent partnerships with the local community that provide for seamless integrated care for our clients.

MHDAS is entering a new phase of co-design of our service system with people who access our services and our wider community. This will build on our nationally recognized unique cultural approach to the challenges of recovery oriented service delivery to redesign our service system.  

About the role

The position of Peer Support Worker would be ideal for a compassionate and warm individual looking to harness their own lived experience of recovery and make a difference to the lives of others.

The successful applicant will become a part of the dynamic and innovative lived experience team at Barwon Health which enjoys the full-support of the MHDAS Executive.

The successful applicant will develop connections with service users in the Swanston Centre mental health unit and then provide post-discharge peer support to them for a period of 28 days. The aim of the program is to support service users on their recovery journeys, enhance their connection with their local communities and empower them to take ownership of their lives. 

Barwon Health staff benefits

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Professional development
  • Access to employee wellness facility
  • Salary packaging
  • Social club

At Barwon Health we harness a diverse and inclusive workforce where we value each person’s uniqueness. We will embrace diverse life experiences and the perspectives of our people, whilst providing high-quality health care to all members of our community, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, cultural background, disability, or sexual orientation.

Our organisation promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of our staff and consumers including children, and have appropriate recruitment resources in place to ensure background checks and reference checks are completed.

At Barwon Health we are committed to providing positive employment opportunities and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and welcome employment applications from candidates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.

We Barwon Health is proud to be Totally Smoke Free.

Selection Criteria Essential: Can you please list Barwon Health's values?
Essential: Can you please choose one of Barwon Health's values and describe a situation in the workplace where you have displayed this value?
Desirable: Do you have a lived experience of recovery from mental illness/distress and/or drug and alcohol use?
Desirable: Do you have the ability to support others through the respectful and intentional sharing of your lived experience?
Desirable: Do you have good communication and interpersonal skills?
Contact Person Donna Matthews 
Contact Person Job Title MHDAS Lived Experience Manager 
Contact Number 0466 931 577 
Contact Email donna.matthews@barwonhealth.org.au 
Alternate Contact Person James McLure (Senior Peer Worker) 
Alternate Contact Number 0466 028 420 
Alternate Contact Email James.Mclure@barwonhealth.org.au
Closing Date 05/02/2020
Position Description
File name 
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Please note that this position will close at 11:45pm on closing date. Please ensure your application is added before then as we do not accept late applications.