Suicide Prevention Peer Support Worker (Health Educ Off Grad or Non Grad) – Mental Health – Temp FT or PT

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

Employment Type:  Temporary Full Time or Part Time until 04/07/2021, up to 38 hours per week 
Location: Liverpool & Campbelltown Hospitals 
Position Classification:  Health Education Officer Grad, Health Education Officer Non Grad
Remuneration:  Dependent on Qualifications 
Requisition ID:  REQ183740
Applications close: 20/09/2020

Remuneration: Dependant on Qualifications 
Health Education Officer Grad: $31.50 – $51.34 per hour
Health Education Officer Non Grad: $27.33 – $40.27 per hour

Please Note: A portion of these Positions will be recruited under the SWSLHD Aboriginal Targeted Recruitment Program to fill these vacancies.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply and, where found suitable, will be given higher priority. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants may have to cite their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage, in addition to the selection criteria.

Always dedicated to providing outstanding customer and patient care

About The Opportunity 
With a continued commitment to the peer workforce within SWSLHD, we are excited to be recruiting new Peer Support Workers to join the team. The successful applicants will be the first of their kind in NSW, delivering two new co-designed models of care, as part of the Towards Zero Suicides initiative. Part of the role will provide an exciting opportunity to work with consumers, carers, clinicians, the community and other stakeholders to further co-design the care provided by the following two programs: 

Alternatives to Emergency Department service Mental Health Peer Worker (Suicide Prevention) 

This initiatve will provide rapid and compassionate care, support and referrals to consumers who present to the service in acute psychological distress and suidicial crisis, as an alternative to an emgerency department presentation. The service will be set in a non-clinical environment located close to the Emergency Department. The initiative will actively work to provide a welcoming and supportive alternative to emergency department care, utlising the expertise of peer workers. The initiative will actively work to avoid or reduce the distress caused by a hospital-based reponse to suidicial crisis and provide information, referrals and follow up as approrpirate, to help address the causes of distress. 

The initiative offers hope to consumers who present in suidicial crisis and psychological distress by facilitating contact with Peer Workers who have a personal lived experience of recovery and first hand experience in wellbeing management. 

The Peer Workers will provide recovery-oriented and trauma – informed peer support for consumers who present to the service. Support will include safety planning, recovery/wellness planning, individual and group peer support, facilitating therapeutic group programs, advocacy, collaborative identification of community supports and follow up. 

Peer Workers will deliver support that aligns with the principals of Step Up / Step Down care. This includes making referrals to a range of community – based services for ongoing support if required (Step Down), or escalating concerns over consumer wellbeing to clinical staff/management external to the support hospital avoidance (Step Up). 

The service will operate after hours and significant evening and weekend work will be a requirement of the role. 

Suicide Prevention Outreach Teams service Mental Health Peer Worker (Suicide Prevention) 

The Suicide Prevention Outreach Team initiative will provide community-based outreach support to people who are in suicidal crisis. 

The initiative offer hope to people in suicidal crisis and emotional distress by facilitating contact with services and people who can provide recovery based treatments, therapies and engagement. 

The Peer Workers will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide assertive recovery-oriented and trauma-informed peer support for consumers who are in crisis. Support will include safety planning, recovery/wellness planning, inidividual peer suppport and advocacy, collaborative identification of community supports and follow up. 

Peer Workers will deliver support that aligns with the principals of Step Up/Step Down care. This includes making referrals to a range of community-based services for ongoing support if required (Step Down), or escalating concerns over consumer wellbeing to clinical staff/management within the Suicide Prevention Outreach Team for follow up to support hospital avoidance (Step Up). 

After hours and evening and weekend work will be a requirement of the role. 

Where You’ll Be Working

At South Western Sydney Local Health District we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, where we don’t just accept differences but we honour and support it. Committed to providing a working environment that thrives and values diversity, we encourage people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background and people with a disability to apply.

Transforming Your Experience (TYE) is SWSLHDs key strategy to always positively transform your, our patients, our consumers, our staffs and our communities experiences across our organisation and services. Our vision is that our care is always safe, high quality and personalised and all our staff are supported and empowered to achieve their full potential. SWSLHD upholds the CORE Values – Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment.

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What You’ll Be Doing

Provide recovery orientated, evidence based peer support interventions to mental health consumers within a multidisciplinary team framework. This position also supports clinical staff in the provision of recovery orientated and consumer driven clinical practice by providing consultation in relation to the experience of living with a mental health disorder. The Peer Worker is also responsible for undertaking designated administrative tasks necessary to support service delivery. 

Classifications:
Health Education Officer Grad
Health Education Officer Non Grad

Awards:
Public Hospitals (Professional and Associated Staff) Conditions of Employment (State) Award