Authors: Geoff Phillips, Charmaine Gallagher and Mark Streater, SA
Event: 2011 TheMHS Conference
Subject: LEADERSHIP, POLICY, SOCIAL INCLUSION peer lead initiative
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Peers Australia is a peer lead initiative to ascertain and, if relevant, develop a professional association to promote peer work in mental health service provision and recovery, and to support peer work through the establishment of national practice standards and professional networks. Peers Australia has developed eight objectives associated with the purposes of the organisation: advocacy, research, training, quality, standards, promotion, support and professional development. In January and February 2011 the organizing group undertook a national consultation of stakeholders. A second consultation process occurred in August 2011. This paper is a presentation of the findings of the consultation and further discussion to determine the viability of establishing a national peak peer Worker organisation.