Mental Health Peer Work Development and Promotion
The continued development and promotion of the mental health peer workforce remains a priority for the Commission and the Australian Government. Mental Health Peer Work has been an area of focus for the National Mental Health Commission since our establishment in 2012. The development and promotion of the mental health peer workforce has been recommended as part of our 2013 National Report Card and the 2014 Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities report.
The Summary of Actions within the Australian Government Response to Recommendations to the Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services states:
“The Commonwealth…recognises the value of a mental health peer workforce, and will explore the inclusion of peer workers and other low intensity service providers as part of the development and trial of a stepped care approach. The National Mental Health Commission has also progressed important work in this area and will be looked to in building upon existing work and further promoting the mental health peer workforce as an important component of quality, recovery-focused mental health services.”
The Commission is currently undertaking further work to support the mental health peer workforce in Australia; information about this work will be made available on this website as it becomes available.
Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work
In 2013 the Commission funded the development of training resources for a nationally recognised qualification for peer workers, the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work. The project was coordinated by the Mental Health Coordinating Council on behalf of Community Mental Health Australia. The materials underwent a rigorous pilot and are now available below.
To fast track the delivery of the new qualification at a consistent, high standard, 30 Champions in Peer Work were selected to undertake a recognition programme to qualify as trainers and assessors of the qualification. All 30 Champions gained qualifications by June 2015.
In August 2015 the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council determined a new version of the qualification; now the Cert IV in Mental Health Peer work CHC43515. This has meant changes to training and assessment requirements across a number of units of competence which comprise the qualification. The resources available on this webpage cater to the previous version of the training and have not been updated to the new requirements.
Registered Training Organisations are welcome to use and update the materials to support their delivery of the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work.
Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work Training Resource Materials
Note: these materials were developed for course number CHC42912 which has been superseded by course number CHC43515. Organisations wishing to deliver the CHC43515 course are welcome to update the materials below to support their delivery of the course.
I think this has been a vital project in advancing the availability and quality of the Cert IV in MH Peer Work. As such it plays a key role in the development of the emerging Lived Experience workforce.
Champion of the Mental Health Peer Work Initiative