Development of a Peer Workforce Strategy for Tasmania

What is the ‘peer workforce’?
In recent years more and more organisations within our mental health system have started to employ people specifically for the expertise they’ve developed through their personal experience of mental ill-health and recovery, as a consumer or carer. These jobs are referred to as ‘peer worker’ roles and this growing part of our workforce is referred to as the ‘peer workforce’.

Why do we need a strategy?
The peer workforce is spread across public mental health services and community service organisations. Given the growth and spread of the peer workforce, it would be helpful to have a strategy to support and strengthen its development. The Tasmanian Government has funded the Mental Health Council of Tasmania to develop a Peer Workforce Strategy.

Will it be helpful for me to provide feedback?
Yes, please! We are keen to hear your thoughts. We want to make sure the peer workforce is developed to make a real difference to your experience of our mental health system. We’re interested to know what an ideal peer workforce looks like for you as mental health family, friends and carers. We want to hear your ideas on what’s needed to deliver this.

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