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Peer Worker or Mental Health Worker Vacancies

Job No: FLO871
Location: Dubbo

Flourish Australia is seeking motivated and enthusiastic Peer Workers, Mental Health Workers or Support Workers to join our team in Dubbo!

The positions available are part-time working a rotating roster including some weekend work and are open to all suitably qualified applicants.

About the Opportunity

As a Mental Health Worker or Peer Worker, you will work in the community to support people accessing our services who have a lived experience of mental health issues to 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:

  • 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. For more information on the Support Worker role, please read the position description.

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.

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. You will 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.

Appointments will be subject to satisfactory Australian residency/visa, National Criminal Record checks, and Working With Children Check. 

Please note- Successful candidates must maintain a Class C driver’s licence as you may be directed to use your private motor vehicle in the course of performing your duties when an organisational pool motor vehicle is not available. Proof of comprehensive insurance must be provided when required. You will receive payment of the Travelling Transport and Fares Allowance when using your private vehicle for work related purposes.

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.

The Benefits

Flourish Australia recognises and values its people as demonstrated by:

  • Family-friendly and flexible working conditions
  • Attractive hourly rates
  • Career development opportunities.

For further information, please contact Lisa Harrison, Manager E: lisa.harrison@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.

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