About the Program

Lived Experience Workforce Program (LEWP)

A Lived Experience/Peer Worker is someone who is employed in a role that requires them to have lived experience of mental distress and recovery, either personally (consumer) or as a family member/friend of someone who has (carer).

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 peer work practice. Peer support began with one-to-one and group roles but we are seeing expansion 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 Workers and their Leaders.

BECOMING A WORKER
FOR LINE MANAGERS
RESOURCES & READING
FOR CURRENT WORKERS
FOR NGOs
CONTACT LEWP

Scroll down to read more about our activities and how we may be able to support you.

LEWP Events

Becoming a Lived Experience 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 lived experience and practice within the frameworks that guide peer 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:

Upcoming Workshops

Coming soon.

Current Lived Experience Workers

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

If you are in a designated lived experience 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 explore any Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) you may be eligible for.

Experienced Peer Workers who are interested in becoming Peer Supervisors may like to explore the training we offer as a foundation for building these skills.

Click the links to read more about how we can support you:

Upcoming Workshops

Save the Date: November 24th Advocacy Skills in Peer Work Webinar presented by Lived Experience Australia.Booking details coming soon.

For Line Managers of LEWs

The LEWP supports people whose roles directly supervise designated peer work roles within the organisation…

…through a series of training workshops, or regular practice development meetings. We also offer peer practice Peer Supervision – refer to the section above for details.

Click the links below to read more about our support for leaders:

Upcoming Workshops

October 13th Community of Practice (Zoom) ‘Unpacking the LEWP NGO Mental Health LE Workforce Standards and Guidelines’. Bookings now open at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/community-of-practice-ngo-line-managers-of-lived-experience-workforce-tickets-175143307347


For Non-Government Organisations

The work of LEWP directly supports the MHCSA’s strategy for Peer Workforce and aligns to statewide plans.

The tools below have been co-designed to support organisations to prepare for, recruit, support and grow their Peer Workforce. Our Standards and Guidelines have been designed as a self-assessment tool for organisations to measure where they are at against best practice standards and develop/implement an Action Plan to address these. The LEWP is happy to discuss how we can support you to do this within your organisation.

Click the links below to read more about our support for leaders:

Resources and reading

Contact LEWP

Lizzie Graham
Senior Project Officer
lizzie.graham@mhcsa.org.au
0434 920 745 (Mon-Thurs)

Belinda Brown
Program Manager
belinda.brown@mhcsa.org.au
0423 213 080 (Mon-Thurs)