Position Details


Reference Number 159383
Position Title Carer Peer Worker
Employment Status Permanent Part Time
Program Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol
Location Swanston Centre
Salary $0.00
Hours Per Fortnight 32
Position Summary
  • If you are looking to take on a challenging and significant role, we welcome your application
  • Ongoing training and professional development in a supportive team environment
  • Enhance your career with Victoria’s leading regional health care service

About the facility

Mental Health Drugs and Alcohol Services (MHDAS) provides mental health treatment and care to people of all ages in the Barwon region. The Swanston Centre Acute Unit is a 32 bed adult inpatient unit. The Lived Experience Program at MHDAS is undergoing expansion with many exciting new peer programs on the horizon.

About the role

Are you interested in supporting other mental health carers? Would you like to support carers and families when their loved one has a mental health inpatient admission? Then join the dedicated Lived Experience team at the Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol Service (MHDAS) at Barwon Health, Geelong.

Utilising your lived experience of being a mental health carer, you will support family members and significant others when they visit the Swanston Centre Acute Unit. The role includes connection through shared lived experience, supportive listening/debriefing, carer education and the enabling of positive carer connections with the clinical service. You will provide support to carers during and after admission, during discharge planning and post discharge, in order to improve relationships within the family unit and to improve carer wellbeing.

About the culture

The MHDAS Lived Experience team is poised to embark on a range of exciting and innovative new programs and initiatives, with the full backing of the MHDAS Executive team.  

Barwon Health staff benefits

  • 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 lived experience of supporting a family member, friend or significant other with mental illness and/or drug and alcohol issues?
Desirable: Do you have an understanding of the mental health system through the lens of being a carer?
Desirable: Do you have a demonstrated ability to work with people in a compassionate and respectful way?
Contact Person Donna Matthews 
Contact Person Job Title MHDAS Lived Experience Manager 
Contact Number 0466 931 577 
Contact Email donna.matthews@barwonhealth.org.au 
Closing Date 20/08/2019
Position Description
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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.