HelpingMinds is undertaking a short-term Mental Health Commission Project. The project is a Scoping of 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. A thriving Peer Workforce is crucial to all of the mental health and drug and alcohol service innovations and reforms we aspire to in order to help people live their best lives. This project aims to listen to and action insights from the many co-design and consultation processes that have been happening at a state and federal level in relation to Peer Workforce Frameworks etc, with a bias towards next steps in implementation.
Acknowledging the importance of the principle of authenticity, this short-term project commissioned by the Mental Health Commission will educate, consult and involve but will not be a co-design process. Funding is essential to implement the clear feedback that has already been received, that a Peer Workforce Association is vital. This project has the ultimate aim of informing a Business Case to develop a Peer Workforce Association in WA. The final report from this project will be completed by early September 2022.