Peer Support/Lived Experience Worker - Prevention and Recovery Centre

Located on the beautiful Great South Coast, South West Healthcare offers a comprehensive range of medical, surgical and psychiatric services. The organisation serves a catchment in excess of 110,000 and comprises of a total of 282 beds and an extensive range of primary and community services. Warrnambool boasts excellent sporting, education (pre-school to university), social and cultural facilities. The city’s award winning foreshore promenade is a 5.7km path that stretches from the breakwater along the coastline to the Hopkins River mouth.
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Department: South West Healthcare
Work Type: Fixed term - part time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: As per advertisement
Work Location: Warrnambool
Reference: VG/1692574
Closing Date: 19-Feb-2023
Salary Range: As per advertisement
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Peer Support-Lived Experience Worker - Final.pdf (PDF, 461KB)

Contact: Jodie Wilson
5563 4280 or email

Position Details

About the role

South West Healthcare's (SWH) Ngootyoong Prevention and Recovery Centre (PARC) provide comprehensive clinical support and care to our regional consumers. The available position of Peer Support/Lived Experience Worker provides active support and requires an understanding of the needs of consumers derived primarily from their own lived experience which compliments the professional knowledge and skills of the clinical staff.

Ngootyoong PARC offers recovery oriented treatment for people with, or at risk of developing, serious mental illness in a home-like setting.  The PARC is a supported recovery orientated mental health residential facility which provides an option for people who are becoming unwell or who are in the early stages of their recovery and would benefit from short term (up to 28 days) or medium-term (less than 6 month) intensive treatment to strengthen their biological, psychological and social well-being.

The position also provides peer support to consumers and their families; is involved in their treatment and recovery planning and to participate in providing education to the consumer, family, carers and staff.

This is a permanent part time position covering 40 hours per fortnight.

This position is eligible for an incentive payment for rent, childcare, relocation costs and more, as part of the new workforce and incentive grants program administered by Rural Agency Workforce Victoria (RWAV). 

What you bring

As a lived experienced peer support worker you will also have developed experience and skills in effective communication, have a commitment to recovery and patient centred care and be familiar with the peer support values.

Applicants for this position should have knowledge and skills in the discipline of peer support work, and have a lived experience as a mental health consumer.

What we offer

You will enjoy benefits such as:

  • Excellent salary packaging options including meals & entertainment, novated leasing and additional superannuation contributions;
  • Internal and external professional development opportunities;
  • Ongoing clinical supervision;
  • A range of internal development opportunities focusing on personal development such as resilience and mentoring workshops and comprehensive leadership programs;
  • Excellent terms and conditions of employment;
  • Relocation support available.

Who we are

As an organisation SWH prides themselves on their values; Care, Respect, Excellence, Integrity and Leadership and their overall dedication to the local community.

SWH respects all individuals and promote equity and inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, racial, cultural and religious backgrounds and socio- economic status.

SWH is the major specialist referral centre for the Barwon South West sub-region, and provides a comprehensive range of acute, sub-acute, specialist, community, mental health and aged services.

With a population of 39,000 and a catchment of 100,000 Warrnambool is the regional centre to Victoria's Great South Coast.

To learn about the vibrant town and region please visit:

How to apply

Submit your application by selecting the Apply button below and include a cover letter and resume by Sunday 19 February 2023. Please ensure you address the selection criteria as outlined in the position description.

Employment Terms and Conditions will be in line with the Victoria Public Mental Health Services Enterprise Agreement 2020-2024.

The successful applicant will be required to be eligible for and undergo the following:

  • Police Record Check
  • Employee Working with Children's Check
  • Current Immunisation status

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