Community Mental Health Peer Worker cohealth


  • Part-Time 0.8 FTE or Full-Time 1.0 FTE, Ongoing role
  • Access to 14 weeks paid parental leave benefits above standard industry agreements
  • Work for a multi-award-winning iconic community health organisation
  • $40.50 – $44.71 per hour depending on experience
  • Increase your take home pay with a generous Salary Packaging

So why cohealth?

cohealth leads the way in reducing health and social inequity in partnership with people and the communities in which they live. Named Premier’s Health Service of the Year (Primary) and the Supporting LGBTIQ+ Health Service at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards, cohealth’s 1000 staff demonstrate courage, leadership, innovation, and agility in their commitment to providing inclusive and culturally safe health services that protect the human rights of all people of all gender identities, sexualities, ages, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, faiths, and abilities.

Our inclusive workplace culture enables staff to bring their whole selves to work, where uniqueness is valued, and people experience a feeling of belonging. Our aim is for everyone to thrive in their role. Please click here to find out more.

About the role

The Community Mental Health Peer Worker is responsible for providing quality community mental health peer, psychosocial and recovery support services in partnership with clients, families/carers and Key Clinicians at Inner West Area Mental Health Service. The aim of the role is to maximise personal recovery, health and wellbeing and social inclusion for adults living with mental health issues and to share the lived experience of mental challenges and recovery to benefit the individual client.

This role is a co-location at Waratah Inner West Area Mental Health Service.

Please refer to the Position Description for more information.

Your duties include:

  • Share lived experience of mental health challenges and recovery where it is appropriate, relevant, and purposeful to the recovery journey of the client
  • As a lead worker maintain a caseload of clients registered with Inner West Area Mental Health Service and work collaboratively as part of an integrated team approach with clinical services.
  • Design, development, facilitation, and evaluation of interventions including peer led group programs
  • Introduce and orientate new clients to cohealth and introduce the concept of recovery.
  • Provide client-centred secondary consultation for the team drawing on lived experience, where appropriate

What cohealth offers:

  • Exciting Parental leave benefits
    • cohealth offers primary carers 14 weeks paid parental leave upon completion of only 6 months of continuous service
    • Eligible co-workers will continue to receive superannuation on unpaid parental leave as well
  • Salary packaging to suit you – tax free amount of up to $15,900 p.a (mortgage, rent, or credit cards) and a further $2,650 p.a (meal, entertainment expenses and holiday accommodation) alongside generous reward programs from our salary packaging providers
  • Novated Leasing available
  • Counselling services for you and your immediate family through our EAP-Access provider, and mindfulness, resilience, and wellbeing programs
  • We offer inclusion, equality, and opportunity in a workplace where making a difference counts (based on our guiding principles and values)

Our ideal candidate:

  • Lived experience of mental health challenges and personal recovery as well as the capability to sharing lived experience as part of recovery-oriented practice
  • A relevant tertiary qualification and/or significant relevant experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a complex and changing internal and external environments
  • Sound understanding of challenges people with mental health issues and their families face

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Police Check, a Working With Children Check (WWCC), complete a Statutory Declaration, evidence of legal rights to work in Australia, and evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 (3 doses). Additionally, some roles will also require current AHPRA registration and/or NDIS Worker Screening Clearance.

Roles that are determined to be Risk Category A or B [staff that have direct and/or indirect contact with body substances and are at higher risk of occupational exposure to infections] will be required to provide evidence of immunisation assessment including Influenza prior to commencement [A] or within 12 weeks of commencement [B]. This is in accordance with the Victorian Minister of Health Mandatory Vaccination Orders for COVID-19 and legislated requirement for influenza vaccination.

Application Process

Click on apply now to be directed to our careers page. You will be asked to upload your CV/ resume and Cover Letter. We will be conducting interviews for this role as applications are received. This campaign will close on the mentioned date at 10.00 PM. If you have any questions regarding this role, please contact Justine English on 0475 801 299.

To apply for this job go to: & enter ref code: 6412652.

Applications close 29 August 2023.