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Peer Workers - Adelaide


Employer: Life Without Barriers
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time, Part Time
Classification/s: Disability Services, Mental Health & Counselling
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Adelaide

Job posted on: 20 March, 2019.
Applications close: 31 March, 2019. (Expired)

About the Organisation 

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose, not for profit organisation of 5,600 employees working in more than 440 communities across Australia. We support children, young people and families, people with disability, older people and people with mental illness. We work with people who are homeless and refugees and asylum seekers.   

We want to employ people who reflect the diversity of our clients to ensure we can support each client's individual needs and wants. We encourage people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and people with disability to apply. 

About the Role 

Operating under a consortium initiative, Life Without Barriers has formed partnerships with a number of organisations to implement the Interim National Psycho-Social Measure (NPSM). The measure is funded by the Department of Health (DoH) through the Adelaide Primary Health Network (APHN) to provide psycho-social support services to assist people with severe mental illness who are not eligible for assistance through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The objectives of the NPSM are to provide psycho-social support services, and equity in service availability while reducing the need for intense and acute health services including access to hospital.

Services have a client focus; self- determination, empowerment, hope and belief that recovery from a mental illness is possible.

We are recruiting Peer Workers to join our Mental Health team in the NPSM. We have multiple positions based across northern metropolitan Adelaide, full time and or part time positions are available, contracted until June 30th 2019 with the potential for extension.

In this role you will draw on your lived experience of psycho-social disability and a level of recovery that enables you to use this experience for the purpose of sharing knowledge, commonality and experiences. The successful candidate will deliver flexible psycho-social rehabilitation and support services to adults which enhance both life skills and citizenship. Services are delivered within the framework of recovery.  Support services comprise of home based outreach and connection of clients with their local community.   

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide peer support to people who are living with (or have experienced) psycho-social disability through mentoring, using the understanding of common experiences, a sense of community, and the sharing of knowledge and education
  • Support clients to develop their own support plans.
  • Liaise and collaborate with clients, their community and community support agencies such as mental health, housing and other services to ensure an integrated and timely service.
  • Monitor and review clients' progress through the service and against their support plan and provide up to date progress reports to the partner organisations.
  • Seek to understand clients expectations.
  • Sensitively ascertain information about the clients health, family and cultural background.
  • Coordinate the delivery of services to clients and work with the client to utilise other referral agencies and services. 

Skills & Experience

  • Lived experience of psycho-social disability and a level of recovery that enables you to use this experience for the purpose of sharing knowledge, commonality and experiences;
  • Minimum Cert IV in Mental Health/Peer Work or equivalent experience;
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people from Diverse Cultural Backgrounds with specific reference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  • Demonstrated ability to positively engage, interact and work with people who have complex needs including psycho-social disability;
  • Possess a comprehensive knowledge of the issues faced by people with mental health issues;
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of the Recovery Framework and the underlying principles;
  • Current Drivers Licence. 

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check and Working with Children Check (where relevant to the role).

Benefits

  • Great tax benefits
  • Growing organisation with great career opportunities
  • Work with a team passionate about making positive changes to people’s lives

How to apply for this job

This job ad has now expired, and applications are no longer being accepted.