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Peer Support Team Coordinator

Melbourne Health - Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin


  • Part-time temporary role to Jan 2022

  • 16 hours per week

  • Midwest Mental Health Service Adult Acute Inpatient Program

  • Based at Sunshine Hospital

The Royal Melbourne Hospital

As one of the largest health services in Victoria, and a team of more than 10,000 strong, we provide a comprehensive range of specialist medical, surgical, and mental health services; as well as rehabilitation, aged care, outpatient and community programs. We are a designated state-wide provider for services including trauma, and we lead centres of excellence for tertiary services in several key specialties including neurosciences, nephrology, oncology, cardiology and virtual health.

Your new team

  • The Sunshine Adult Acute Psychiatric Unit (SAAPU) is a 29 bed acute mental health acute hospital program based at Sunshine Hospital, and is the inpatient service of Midwest Area Mental Health Service.

  • SAAPU is a large diverse interdisciplinary team comprising medical, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, and lived experience peer staff.

  • The team works closely together in partnership with consumers and their families to provide treatment and interventions when consumers are experiencing an acute deterioration in their mental health and related distress; and to support the consumer’s recovery.

  • The peer team based at SAAPU comprises 6 consumer peer support workers and 2 carer peer workers, providing 130hrs peer support per week across business hours, 7 days a week.

Your success in this role, will be in your ability to

  • Provide leadership to the MWAMHS peer support team based at SAAPU.

  • Be present, available, and work alongside lived experience colleagues, and provide support through individual and group co-reflection and day to day problem solving.

  • Effectively communicate with complex mental health consumers and their families and carers.

  • Promote lived experience work in clinical services through coordination of education and contribution to interdisciplinary local safety and quality initiatives.

  • Prioritise tasks in a busy clinical environment.

  • Efficiently manage reporting and data entry systems essential to record and evaluate consumer and carer peer work provided by the peer team.

Your Contribution

  • You have a personal lived experience as a consumer of mental health services or a as a family/carer of a consumer of mental health services.

  • You have a minimum 5 years’ experience working within a health/community service or related field and experience in these settings in a leadership position e.g. team leader/coordinator/consultant.

  • You have experience providing practice supervision, and professional development and wellbeing support within a team.

  • You have highly developed interpersonal and communication skills (written & verbal) to consult, liaise, negotiate and work collaboratively with consumers, their families/carers, staff and other service providers.

  • You have previous experience in using a range of electronic applications including Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel or as relevant to role).

  • Skill in working with cultural and linguistically diverse communities.

Our Commitment to you

Here at The RMH we strive for excellence with a strong purpose that defines the work we do for our community – Advancing health for everyone, every day. This is the Melbourne Way.

We believe our success comes from our people. We’re committed to the RMH being a great place to work and a great place to receive care. We have made a long-term commitment to strengthen our organisational culture through leadership, education and empowering our staff to Speak Up for themselves and each other.

This is a role where your passion and expertise can come together to create a truly defining career opportunity. It is a unique opportunity to help us transform the future of the RMH and ultimately ensure we continue to deliver world class healthcare.

The RMH is proud to be a workplace that champions diversity, inclusion and equality for our staff and our community. Our goal is for our people to feel safe, included and supported so that they can be at their best every single day. We encourage talented people from all backgrounds, abilities and identities to apply to our vacancies, and will consider adjustments to support such applications.


For a confidential discussion please connect via the details below.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Record Check and a Working with Children Check. Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of an immunisation assessment prior to commencement.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are highly encouraged to apply”

“Experience in working with ACCHO and Aboriginal Communities and Families”

Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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