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*Mental Health Worker or Peer Worker Vacancies

Job No: FLO184
Location: Bega, NSW

  • Looking for major job satisfaction and opportunities for professional development?
  • Family-friendly and flexible working conditions
  • Attractive remuneration package including the opportunity to salary sacrifice $$$

Flourish Australia are seeking motivated and enthusiastic Peer Workers or Mental Health Workers to join our team at Bega.

The positions available are full-time, part-time and casual working on a rotating roster which will include weekends and evening shifts. All positions are classified Level 3 on the SCHCADS award.

About the Opportunity

Mental Health Workers and Peer Workers work in the community to support people accessing our services with lived experience of mental health issues achieve their hopes and dreams.You will play an important part in assisting people to realise their goals as specified in their NDIS plans. On a day to day basis you will be required to:

  • Listen to and create opportunities and activities that meet the interests and goals of people.
  • Encourage shared learning experiences, and support skill development at every opportunity through self-directed learning, information and education.
  • Ensure that individual support is provided to a person that accesses Flourish Australia services that meets their recovery journey goals and is strengths based and led by the person wherever possible.
  • Be ‘hands on’ and involved in direct service delivery.

The difference between the two roles is a Peer Worker is 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 that also experience a mental health issue.

Peer Workers 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 will also use your lived experience to work as an advocate on an individual basis and systemically (as required).

It is not a requirement for Mental Health Workers to use their lived experience of a mental health issue in their everyday work.

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”.

For more information on the Mental Health Worker role, please read the Position Description

Who we are

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

Flourish Australia is one of the larger providers of recovery-oriented mental health services in Australia. We offer a range of services to meet the different needs of those with a lived experience of a mental health issue in the community. This ranges from places that provide individual and group support and activities, to dedicated programs for specific areas of need

With 60+ locations across New South Wales and Southern Queensland, we support over 4000 people with their recovery. 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 team 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;
  • Current First aid certificate.

Please note: In addition to the above qualification and experience requirements, if you are applying to be a Peer Worker, you will have a lived experience of a mental health issue and 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;
  • Commit to obtaining a Certificate IV in Peer Work within a mutually agreed time frame.

For further information, please contact Matthew Salen, Cluster Manager E: matthew.salen@flourishaustralia.org.au (please do not email applications)

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 BEFORE 16th June 2017 (AEDT) through the APPLY function. 

Applications can not be accepted via email. 

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