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Monitoring mental health and suicide prevention reform: National Report 2020

Appendix F: Mental health peer workforce strategies and plans

All jurisdictions in Australia have shown a commitment to the mental health peer workforce, either through mental health plans and strategies, the development of a peer workforce or lived experience frameworks, or standards and guidelines.

Jurisdiction Frameworks Link
Australian Capital Territory Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing Workplan 2019–2021 View Here
New South Wales Living Well Mental Health Reform Strategy 2014–2024

Living Well in Focus 2020–2024

Lived Experience Framework
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Queensland Shifting Minds: Queensland Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategic Plan 2018–2023

Mental Health Lived Experience Workforce
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South Australia Mental Health Services Plan 2020–2025 View Here
Tasmania Rethink Mental Health strategy 2015–2025

Peer Workforce Development Strategy

Lived experience workforce strategies (Strategy for the Consumer Mental Health Workforce in Victoria; and Strategy for the Family Carer Mental Health Workforce in Victoria).
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Western Australia Mental Health 2020 report View Here
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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.