Lived Experience Workforces

A thriving mental health Lived Experience workforce is a vital component of “quality, recovery-focused mental health services”. This principle is embedded in the mental health plans and policies that influence all mental health care services in Australia.

Lived Experience Workforce Development Guidelines

Lived Experience workers have unique knowledge, abilities and attributes. They draw on their own life-changing experience, service use and their journey of recovery and healing, to support others.

Lived Experience (Peer) Workforce Development Guidelines: New releases

The Commissions is committed to expanding and supporting Australia's Lived Experience (Peer) workforce, especially as it continues to be recognised and integrated into the mental health and suicide prevention workforce.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.


The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.