40419 - 01K6E

Peer Recovery Worker
Full-time Permanent

Closes: 28 June 2019

Classification: Allied Health Assistant 3
Salary: $63,650 - $66,775
Position No: 40419 - 01K6E
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 12 June 2019
Contact Officer: Jade Nolan on jade.nolan@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 1567

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focused on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—a catchment of approximately 400, 000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.
CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:
  • The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
  • University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
  • Three Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Six community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
  • A range of community based health services including Early Childhood Services, Youth and Women’s Health, Dental Health, Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Services.
Canberra Health Services is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University.
Overview of the work area and position
Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) provide health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery and maintenance of well-being and harm minimisation. The participation of people access sour service is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. MHJHADS works in partnership with individuals, carers and a range of government and non-government service providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients.
MHJHADS delivers services at a number of locations, including hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, detention centres, other community settings including peoples home. These services include:
  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Dhulwa Mental Health Unit
  • Justice Health Services
  • Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services
The Assertive Community Outreach Service (ACOS) is a team within the ACMHS which provides intensive, flexible, holistic and individualised care with the goals of:
  • Reducing the need for and duration of hospitalisation due to mental illness
  • Reducing the symptoms of mental illness and associated risks
  • Improving functioning in the community, including the ability to maintain stable accommodation, improved relationships, to live independently and increase participation in vocational and educational opportunities
  • Reducing contact with the justice system
  • Supporting decision making capacity and increasing engagement in treatment and reducing the need for coercive measures such as involuntary treatment under the Mental Health Act 2015
  • Promoting recovery to the point that the person can move to a less intensive service.
As a Peer Recovery Worker you will be an integral member of the team and draw on your lived experience of mental health issues and recovery in a positive and enlightening way to help and support others who are commencing or progressing through their own journey of recovery. Peer Recovery Workers will work towards trying to inspire in others the hope and belief that recovery is possible.
In working collaboratively you may:
  • Facilitate peer-led groups based on a self-development program that focuses on individual strengths and values in aspiring towards personal goals and self-directed change;
  • Assist new consumers in their entry into the service and provide individual support to people focusing on their strengths to achieve identified goals;
  • Undertake assertive outreach to assist people with complex needs.
Operational supervision and support will be provided by the Manager of the service as well as by the multidisciplinary team of allied health and nursing professionals. Professional supervision will be provided by a Senior Peer Worker. Professional development opportunities in Peer Work will be made available to the successful applicant.
As a Peer Recovery Worker, you will be part of a rapidly growing Peer Workforce throughout MHJHADS. We encourage all interested candidates to apply irrespective of your capacity to fulfil the advertised hours, as part-time and flexible working arrangements will be considered. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Eligibility/Other Requirements
  • Direct personal lived experience of mental health issues and/or drug and alcohol issues, with:
    • A positive experience of recovery; and
    • A strategic ability and willingness to disclose personal experience of mental health/drug and alcohol and/or recovery in order to positively influence others.
  • Minimum of a Certificate IV, ideally in Mental Health Peer Work or in a community sector or health related field.
  • Experience, paid or voluntary, working in a mental health/drug and alcohol or related setting.
  • A current driver’s licence.
  • A personal lived experience of a psychotic disorder or bipolar disorder.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check,
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
  • Comply with CHS occupational screening requirements related to immunisation, and
  • Comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health staff.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via the Health website here.

Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services