HelpingMinds undertook a short-term Mental Health Commission Projectto scope a Lived Experience (Peer) Workforce Association for the Western Australian Mental Health And Alcohol And Other Drug Sector.
At a state, national and international level, there is broad agreement that a Peer Workforce Association is an important strategy to ensure a thriving Peer Workforce. This project built and aimed to action insights from the many co-design and consultation processes that have been happening at a state and federal level in relation to Lived Experience (Peer) Workforces Frameworks etc, with a bias towards next steps in implementation. A Desktop Research Report has been developed from the project and will be posted here when finalised.
Acknowledging the importance of the principle of authenticity, this short-term project undertook Rapid Consultation of Lived Experience Frontline Workers, Advocates, Leaders, Champions, Trainers and others through a survey, interviews and a Consultation Session. An Update webinar was held on 6th September with a presentation from the Mental Health Commission about the Lived Experience (Peer) Workforces Strategy they are working towards and how this piece of work fits into it.
The Final Report provides details and recommendations for the Mental Health Commission to lodge the business case to establish a Lived Experience Peer Workforces Association in WA. This will be shared here when finalised.