Recommended Reading: A COLLECTIVE CONSUMER AND CARER VOICE SHAPES NATIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR PEER WORK

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Authors: Chris Keyes, NSW and Michael Burge, QLD

Year: 2015

Event: 2015 TheMHS Conference

Subject: MENTAL HEALTH PEER WORK QUALIFICATION DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, 2015 Conference Book of Proceedings

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 987-0-9945702-0-8

Abstract: With the advent of the nationally recognised Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work, the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) funded Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) to develop national learning and assessment resources for this qualification. This work progresses aims of the Fourth National Mental Health Plan to expand and train this emerging workforce, assisting to cement the role of peer work in the mental health sector. Resources will be available to Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) across Australia so that training can be delivered to peer workers. This project is shaped by consumer, carer, and service representatives across public, private and community sectors through a national reference group. If peer support is understood as a reciprocal exchange based on respect, value of lived experience, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement, these core values have also catalysed a process to draw together the diversity of Australian peer work expertise and distil this in to a high quality consistent learning resource to support the future of peer work. As reflected by a reference group member:

“What I love is that no one organisation owns this. This is a collaborative thing that came from shared knowledge and collaboration, we can all be proud of it.”

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