National Lived Experience (Peer) Workforce Development Guidelines

Clarity: Developing understanding

Developing understanding is the first step in workforce development. Everyone can take steps to ensure that the mental health workforce, including leaders, managers, health professionals and Lived Experience workers, develop an understanding of Lived Experience work and its connection to the broader consumer movement/literature/concepts.

Helpful resources

 

What informs Lived Experience work?

  • A Lived Experience-run website, which provides information to build connection to, and understanding of, the broader consumer movement – Our Consumer Place: www.ourconsumerplace.com.au
  • An American based advocacy and lived experience support organisation, which provides information to build connection to, and understanding of, the broader consumer movement – The National Empowerment Centre (NEC): www.power2u.org
  • A co-produced book providing a deeper understanding of Lived Experience work and system transformation – Peer Work in Australia: A New Future for Mental Health.

 

Lived Experience work values

 

Co-production

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience 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.

Diversity

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.