Aboriginal Mental Health Peer Worker

  • Company:
    Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    13 hours ago
  • Category:
    Healthcare

Where you’ll be working

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) is responsible for providing primary and secondary health care for people living in the Auburn, Blacktown, and The Hills Shire, Holroyd and Parramatta Local Government Areas (LGAs) and tertiary care to residents of the Greater Western Region. We are committed to our vision of ‘better health services for the people of western Sydney and beyond’ and to the delivery of health care or related services in line with our core values of collaboration, openness, respect and empowerment. Find out what it’s like to work at Blacktown Hospital and why we think you’d love working with us. Some of our staff share their experiences in this short video: What you’ll be doing Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Mental Health Services (MHS) are committed to building a professional Peer Workforce that supports Consumers living with mental illness and distress in their recovery journey. The Mental Health Peer Workforce in WSLHD is comprised of employees who have the lived or living experience of mental ill health and recovery, as well as additional life and work skills they bring to the role. The Peer Workforce is seen as vital in the support and guidance they positively offer to Consumers and MHS, through the significant gains made in their own recovery. This is achieved by being an effective support person and role model who can offer new insights and hope in the practical meaning of personal recovery. Peer Workers respect the Consumer’s experiences, supporting their self-determination, identifying and working toward collaborative goals and needs and promotion within the community. A primary goal is to work collaboratively and positively with Consumers and staff to facilitate effective participation in individual treatment and recovery. The Aboriginal Mental Health Peer Worker will be a member of the Peer Workforce and will work across the Community MHS as part of one or more multi-disciplinary Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT). The Aboriginal Mental Health Peer Worker will provide a non-clinical and cultural focus to support to Aboriginal Consumers who have contact with mental health services in WSLHD. Aboriginal peer workers must be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the local Aboriginal community and engage and involve Aboriginal community when drawing from lived experience of mental health issues. Aboriginal Mental Health Peer Workers are integral part of the service and it is expected that Peer Workers will work as equal partners with clinicians in providing proactive community support for people with mental health issues. People with disabilities who meet the selection criteria are encouraged to apply; and where required, WSLHD will implement reasonable adjustment consistent with industry standard. This is an Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander Identified position. Please see essential criteria. An applicant’s race is a genuine occupational qualification for this role and is authorised under Section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977, NSW. Please include some information about your Aboriginal Australian / Torres Strait Islander identity in the cover letter of your application. If offered an interview you can expand on this information at the interview itself in response to questions from an Aboriginal panel member. Stepping Up aims to assist Aboriginal job applicants by providing information about applying for roles in NSW Health organisations.