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Peer Workers

Flourish Australia

The positions available are:

  • Full-time (76 hrs/fortnight)
  • 24/7 rotating roster including weekends, evening and night shifts
  • Level 3 on the Flourish Australia Enterprise Agreement (2018)
  • Location: Cranebrook

About the Resolve Program

The Resolve program is a unique mental health program that provides alternative support for people with a mental health issue who present frequently to Emergency Departments and spend long periods admitted to a mental health inpatient facility. The Resolve program supports people with complex support needs and interacts with a range of services and sectors involved in their care.

The Resolve program is first and foremost an early intervention program, which aims to reduce the likelihood of people being admitted to a mental health inpatient unit. To achieve this, the Resolve program provides participants with an opportunity to attend a short-term residential stay complemented with outreach support. The combination of these early intervention support pathways assists people to live well and stay well in the community without the need to attend a mental health inpatient unit.

Who we are

Flourish Australia is one of Australia’s most experienced community mental health organisations. Our purpose is to support people to flourish, believe in their futures, and become contributing members of the community.

Our services are comprehensive and highly personalised because each person’s experience will be different and their needs, as an individual, are unique. Together we set goals, connect individuals with the right people, support services and opportunities to meet their needs.

We value diversity and encourage applications from suitably qualified people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island backgrounds, people from CALD and LGBTI communities and mature age candidates.

About the Opportunities

As a Peer Worker with Flourish Australia, your own life experience of a mental health issue and personal recovery will provide a distinct advantage as you mentor and support people with lived experience of a mental health issue. You will be required to use this lived experience openly, appropriately and effectively to build professional relationships with the people you support that also have a lived experience of a mental health issue.

On a day to day basis, you will:

  • Connect with, support, build reciprocity, trust and shared experience with people who access our services.
  • Guide and support each person in their recovery and be strengths, ability and possibility focused.
  • Effectively model hope and recovery.
  • Ensure that individual support is provided to a person that accesses Flourish Australia services that meet their recovery journey goals and is strengths based and led by the person wherever possible.
  • Encourage shared learning experiences, and support skill development at every opportunity through self-directed learning, information and education.

Flourish Australia is proud to have built one of Australia’s largest peer workforces, a proven, strengths-based approach to mental health recovery. Peer work is a cornerstone of our services with more than half of our workforce having had a lived experience of a mental health issue. By applying personal experience in mental health, peer workers can empathise, support, and inspire people in finding their own path to recovery.

Selection Criteria

  • A relevant degree OR a Relevant Certificate IV or Diploma with 12-months relevant experience OR 2-years full-time experience working in mental health as recognised by Flourish Australia.
  • A strong commitment to recovery-based practice in the workplace.
  • A personal lived experience of a mental health issue and recovery.
  • Understanding of the challenges faced by people with a lived experience of a mental health issue.
  • Understanding of, and ability to effectively use, Microsoft Office and knowledge of data information management systems.
  • A current Australian Driver’s Licence.

For further information, please contact Asheeta Kumar, Manager. E: asheeta.kumar@flourishaustralia.org.au using the subject line: Peer Workers enquiry via EthicalJobs (please do not email applications).

The Benefits

  • Attractive hourly rates equivalent to SCHCADS Level 3 $32.54-$34.90/hour
  • Tax-Free Salary Packaging available up to $15,900
  • Generous leave provisions including 17.5% leave loading and 2 additional days of personal leave + extra day paid leave over Christmas/New Year + 10 weeks paid parental leave
  • Family-friendly and flexible working conditions
  • Opportunities for professional development and training such as Mental Health First Aid and ASIST
  • Employee Assistance Program for confidential wellbeing support

All appointments with Flourish Australia's Mental Health Services are subject to background checks and compliance with COVID-19 vaccination Public Health Orders.

A position description is attached.

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