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Mental Health Peer Worker - St Vincent's Hospital

St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney - Sydney, NSW

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin



Title: Inpatient Mental Health Peer Worker

Employment Type: Permanent Part Time

Hours per week: 32 hours per week


Grade: Health Education Officer Graduate or Non Graduate

Salary: $54,359.00 - $88,897AUD pro rata base salary per annum

Enterprise Agreement: The NSW (Non-Declared) Affiliated Health Organisations’ Professional and Associated Staff Agreement 2009

Department Name: Inpatient Mental Health

Position Summary

A vacancy exists in the above unit for a highly motivated Permanent Part time Inpatient Peer Worker with appropriate knowledge and skills to join our friendly and supportive team. Our progressive and innovative team offers development opportunities for our staff and a caring environment for the delivery of high quality patient centred care.

The role of a Mental Health Peer Worker has been developed for people who have lived experience of mental health services and personal recovery.


The international evidence demonstrates that embedding a peer support workforce within a mental health service has a number of benefits including

  • Engenders hope, gives consumers a reality to which they can aspire
  • Enables experimentation with different recovery strategies
  • Provides a role model of recovery
  • Increases community integration and reduces isolation
  • Reduces hospital admission rates and delays admission
  • Assists with the successful transition to Community
  • Assists those who are admitted and needing support and hope
  • Helps counter fears of loneliness, rejection, discrimination, rejection and frustration
  • Challenges stigma, including self-stigma
  • Influences change in service culture
  • Enhances the recovery focus of the service
Mental Health Peer Workers use their personal journey to support consumers by providing individual consultations, education and group interventions aimed at facilitating recovery principles of hope, choice, self-determination and social connectedness.

The Mental Health Peer Worker works alongside clinicians and is an integral part of the clinical team, contributing to care-planning and liaising with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the best outcome for the consumer.

This position requires a Working with Children Check (WWCC) issued by the Office of the Children's Guardian. For more information and how to apply, please visit the Office of the Children's Guardian website www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/working-with-children/working-with-children-check

The vacancy is open to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens who hold a valid New Zealand passport, Australian permanent residents and those non-residents deemed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to be eligible to work in Australia only.

About St Vincent's Health Network Sydney

St Vincent's Health Network Sydney is made up of three public hospitals, St Vincent's Hospital Sydney, Sacred Heart Health Service and St Joseph's Hospital at Auburn. We are part of St Vincent's Health Australia, the largest diversified health care organisation within Australia's not for profit Catholic health care sector. As a Catholic health and aged care service provider, our mission is to bring God's love to those in need through the healing ministry of Jesus, with a commitment to those who are poor and vulnerable.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity, ethical practices, and the principles of cultural diversity and promote a smoke free work environment. Appropriate criminal record and child protection checks are conducted for all successful candidates. Employment with St Vincent's is subject to you having current immunity status that complies with the Assessment, Screening & Vaccination against Specified Infectious Diseases - Policy Directive Immunisation history complies with NSW Health Policy Directive PD2020_017. Appointment and ongoing employment will be subject to continued compliance with the policy directive.

What We Offer
  • Generous salary packaging and Fitness Passport for eligible staff
  • Opportunity to access a large range of clinical and non-clinical education programs
  • Supported post graduate opportunities within applicable fields
  • Careers development opportunities across the St Vincent’s Health Australia Network.
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Work/Life balance
Application Instructions

St Vincent's Health Network Sydney is committed to reconciliation and encourages Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people to apply for all advertised positions.

When applying for the position, Applicants will be required to upload a recent Resume as well as a separate Cover Letter addressing the Selection Criteria for the position as outlined below. External applicants are to upload their Cover Letter alongside their Resume when reaching the ‘My Experience tab >Resume/CV> Upload. For Internal applicants, this document is to be uploaded further down the page alongside your Resume under Resume/CV> Upload.

Selection Criteria
  • Personal integrity and demonstrated commitment to the Philosophy, Mission and Values of Mary Aikenhead Ministries and St Vincent’s Health Australia.
  • Solid secondary level education qualifications or able to demonstrate levels of numeracy and literacy skills.
  • Completion of the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work or willingness to complete same Lived experience of secondary mental health services and able to reflect on personal experience of recovery.
  • Good written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills e.g. ability to communicate their personal experience of recovery .
  • Understanding of the issues and concerns of mental health service users and able to maintain, professional boundaries
  • Experience supporting people with a mental illness within a personal recovery context.
  • Experience of working in a team environment and understanding the dynamics of same.
An example on how to address and upload selection criteria is provided in the attachment below in order to assist you with completing your application. Please ensure you review the instructions on how to upload this document as applicants that do not address the selection criteria may have their application automatically culled.

Applications close on 26 June 2021

To Apply please click HERE

Sydney, NSW

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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