About the Program

Lived Experience Workforce Program (LEWP): leading Peer workforce development

A mental health Lived Experience/Peer worker is someone who is employed in a role that requires them to have lived experience of mental health challenges and periods of healing/recovery. This can be either personal lived experience or as carer/family of someone who experiences mental health challenges.

They must be able to effectively apply this knowledge in practice within the context of their role, as well as within the values and principles and other frameworks that guide Lived Experience  practice. The concept began with one-to-one and group peer support but we are seeing Lived Experience roles expand into other areas such as leadership, project work, policy development and education.

The LEWP is funded through the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist to support the development and growth of the Lived Experience/Peer workforce in the non-government mental health sector. Everything we do is co-designed or co-produced with our Reference Group, Lived Experience/Peer workers and their Leaders.


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Building a Community of Practice

If you are in a designated NGO Lived Experience role… …LEWP is working with Lived Experience/Peer workers in the NGO mental health sector to co-produce [...]

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Becoming a Peer Worker

Not everyone who has lived experience will be an effective Peer Worker.

As well as personal recovery skills and navigating the responsibilities that come with being an employee, it takes training and skills development to be able to draw safely and effectively from your personal or carer/family lived experience and practice within the frameworks that guide Lived Experience work.

It isn’t for everybody – and that’s ok! There are other ways that your lived experience can be of value. For example, contributing to systems change or representing people with lived experience on committees or groups.

To explore the right pathway for you, click the links to read more:

There are many areas of specialisation in Peer Work. We’ve recorded a series of short webinars focussing on four of them. You can watch them on our YouTube channel here.

Upcoming Workshops

Orientation to Mental Health Peer Work: November 2022.

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Current Peer Workers

The LEWP offers a range of professional development and networking opportunities to support the Lived Experience practice of NGO mental health Peer Workers.

If you are in a designated Lived Experience/Peer work role and do not yet have the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work, we encourage you to consider this qualification; discuss it with your Manager and work together to explore any Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) you may be eligible for. We also offer external fee-for-service peer supervision to support your Lived Experience practice. And if you’re a qualified, highly experienced Lived Experience/Peer worker, you might be interested in becoming a Peer Supervisor: we offer training as a foundation for building these skills.

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Upcoming Workshops

Community of Practice: 6-weekly, online.

Peer Mentoring Group (for people delivering Peer Supervision): 6-weekly, online.

Fee-for-service Peer Supervision: individual or group, by request.

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For Line Managers of Peer Workforce

The LEWP supports people whose roles directly supervise designated Lived Experience/Peer work roles within the organisation…

…through training, consultation and regular practice development meetings. We also offer Lived Experience practice Peer Supervision; refer to the section above for details.

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Upcoming Workshops

Community of Practice: 6-weekly, online.

Fee-for-service training for Line Managers of Lived Experience/Peer workers: by request.

Fee-for-service Peer Supervision: individual or group, by request.

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For Non-Government Organisations

The work of LEWP directly supports the MHCSA’s strategy for Lived Experience/Peer workforce and aligns to statewide and national plans.

Our co-designed tools support organisations to prepare for, recruit, support and grow their Lived Experience/Peer workforce. Our Standards and Guidelines have been designed as a self-assessment tool for organisations to measure where they currently sit against best practice standards and develop an Action Plan to address these. Watch our video below to learn more.

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Resources and Reading

Networks and mailing lists

Contact LEWP

Lizzie Graham
Senior Project Officer
0434 920 745 (Mon-Thurs)

Belinda Brown
Program Manager
0423 213 080 (Mon-Thurs)