National Lived Experience (Peer) Workforce Development Guidelines
Foreword from the Commission
The Fifth National Mental and Suicide Prevention Plan is clear, Australia’s mental health workforce is in need of growth and development.
A thriving mental health Lived Experience (Peer) workforce is a vital component of “quality, recovery-focussed mental health services”. This principle is embedded in the mental health plans and policies that influence all mental health care services in Australia.
A shared agenda for change
The National Development Guidelines are intended to strengthen understanding and collaboration across the mental health sector and beyond, contributing to more effective services and ultimately, better outcomes for people accessing services, their families, supporters and communities. Five priorities are identified for the mental health service system as a roadmap for leaders across diverse settings to establish policies and practices that support sustainable and effective workforce growth.
The National Lived Experience Workforce Development Guidelines
The National Mental Health Commission (the Commission) has led the development of the National Lived Experience Workforce Development Guidelines as a key reform initiative of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.
Principles to guide workforce development
The National Development Guidelines promote six core principles that are relevant to employers, policy makers, funding bodies and service planners and commissioners:
How to use the National Development Guidelines
The National Development Guidelines provide an overview of the professional principles, values and roles of the Lived Experience workforce. They provide detailed steps for employers at each stage of the process, from planning a Lived Experience workforce through to embedding it as part of the service’s core business. It includes links to additional resources and action checklists making it suitable as a learning tool for managers and decision makers in health service organisations.
Talking about Lived Experience: language and definitions
The way we talk about Lived Experience makes a fundamental difference to the way we engage with and prioritise the development of the Lived Experience workforce.