National Lived Experience (Peer) Workforce Development Guidelines

Appendix 2: Policies, frameworks and guides related to the National Development Guidelines

  • Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria (2019). Lived Experience Engagement Framework. State of Victoria. ISBN 978-1-76069-763-1 Available at: Mental health Lived Experience framework: publications/mental-health-lived-experience-engagementframework
  • Mental Health Commission of NSW (MHCNSW) (2018). Lived Experience Framework for NSW. State of New South Wales:
  • Mental Health Coalition of South Australia (MHCSA) (undated). Lived Experience Workforce Toolkit for Organisations:
  • Mental Health Council of Tasmania (2019). Peer Workforce Development Strategy. State of Tasmania. 
  • National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) (2019). Developing a Peer Workforce for Eating Disorders. – Peer Work Resources
  • NSW Mental Health Commission. Peer Work Hub, Starting a Peer Workforce.
  • Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (NTMHC) (2019). 2018 – 2019 Mental Health Peer Support Workforce Needs Assessment. Report to NT Primary Health Network October 2019
  • Queensland Government (2019). Queensland Framework for the Development of the Mental Health Lived Experience Workforce. (Byrne, L., Wang, L., Roennfeldt, H., Chapman, M., Darwin, L., 2019).
  • Wellways (2019). Peer Workforce Framework.
  • Western Australia Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) (2014). Peer Work Strategic Framework for the Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Sectors in WA. 
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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.