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Peer Worker Vacancies

Job No: FLO315
Location: Penrith

  • Do you want to support people to make a positive difference in their lives?
  • Come work with a major Community Managed Organisation
  • Attractive remuneration package and the opportunity to salary sacrifice $$$

Flourish Australia is seeking motivated and enthusiastic Peer Workers to join our Resolve program in Penrith. 

The positions available are SCHCADS Level 3 full-time (38 hours per week) and part-time (20 hours per week), working on a rotating roster which will include weekends, evening and night shifts

About the Resolve Program

The Resolve program is a unique mental health program that will provide alternative support for people with a mental health issue who present frequently to Emergency Departments and who 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 aim, the Resolve program provides program 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.

About the Opportunities

As a Peer Worker, you will work to support people who have a lived experience of mental health issues to achieve their hopes and dreams.

Peer Workers are required to use their lived experience of a mental health issue and personal recovery openly, appropriately and effectively to build professional relationships with the people they support who also experience a mental health issue. They will also use their lived experience to inform and contribute to staff learning, service understanding, and delivering person-led, strengths focused, recovery based language, documentation, training and actions. As a Peer Worker, you may also use your lived experience to work as an advocate on an individual basis and systemically (as required).

For more information about what it means to be a Peer Worker with Flourish Australia , please review the Position Description and the Peer Worker information statement “What You Should Consider Before Becoming A Peer Worker”.

Who we are

Our name reflects our fundamental and enduring commitment to people’s mental health and wellbeing, supporting them to thrive and live a contributing life.

People are at the centre of everything we do at Flourish Australia – they’re our heart and soul. We reflect this through the language we use, our pride and belief in our teams and our respect and understanding of those with a lived experience of a mental health issue.

Our positions are open to all suitably qualified applicants.  We have a strong commitment to participation of people with lived experience of mental health issues in our workforce.  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.

Selection Criteria

Essential:

  • Entry level for graduates with a relevant degree in behavioural sciences or human services; or
  • A relevant associate diploma or certificate qualification with relevant experience; or
  • At least 1-years relevant experience in mental health attained through previous appointments
  • A current Australian drivers licence.

Please note: In addition to the above qualification and experience requirements, you will have a lived experience of a mental health issue. You will also be able to demonstrate how you are able to effectively, respectfully, and appropriately use your lived experience of a mental health issue in your work.

For further information, please contact Christine Miniawy, Program Manager E: christine.miniawy@flourishaustralia.org.au (please do not email applications)

Appointments will be subject to satisfactory Australian residency/visa checks, National Criminal Record checks, and Working With Children Check.

The Benefits

Flourish Australia recognises and values its people as demonstrated by:

  • Family-friendly and flexible working conditions,
  • Comprehensive infrastructure including fleet motor vehicles, mobile phones and other resources for work purposes;and
  • Career development opportunities.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please complete all the questions asked. You will then be required to attach a copy of your resume on the following page, we encourage you to have your resume up-to-date and available before you commence the application.

Applications must be submitted online through the APPLY function. 

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