First Nations Youth Peer Worker Orygen


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The First Nations Youth Peer Worker is a committed and passionate young person who is dedicated to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to access headspace Werribee in a culturally supportive and welcoming way. The First Nations Youth Peer Worker shares their personal experiences of identity and cultural connection to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of young people attending the service.
Reporting to the Clinical Services Manager you will:

  • Work with First Nations young people in a non-clinical culturally appropriate way that values the shared experiences of a peer and supports the young person to appropriately engage with headspace.
  • Facilitate or co-facilitate programs within the headspace centre for young people, including groups.
  • Promote headspace and the First Nations program within the community.
  • Support the design and development of headspace programs, as necessary.

This role will connect closely with the First Nations team. For more information on our First Nations Team and Advisory group please go to;

What you’ll need

You are passionate, energetic and determined to make a difference to health and wellbeing outcomes for young people. The following criteria must be met for consideration for this position:

  • Aged between 18 and 30 years for duration of employment and lived experience as a First Nations young person.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with First Nations young people.
  • Sensitivity to experiences that First Nations young people may have had; this may include difficulties in their social and emotional wellbeing; physical health problems; difficult family experiences; or challenges with work and study.
  • Capacity to problem solve effectively, engage and work creatively with young people.

This is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identified Position, classified under ‘special measures’ of section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.

What you’ll get in return

  • Salary between $63,649 – $69,441 pro rata commensurate with skills and experience + 11% super + NFP salary packaging up to $15,900.
  • Ability to purchase additional leave; access to EAP; generous Parental Leave Scheme.
  • Opportunity to contribute to the success of a purpose driven organisation.
  • Flexible working culture.

Orygen – leading the revolution

Imagine a future with unlimited potential. A future where every young person enjoys optimal mental health as they grow into adulthood. At Orygen, this is our life’s work, because we passionately believe it’s what all young people deserve.
Every step of the way, young people and families are at the heart of everything we do. Always.
Through world-leading research that creates change. Through pioneering reform that delivers real-world practical solutions.
At Orygen, that’s the future we’re creating right now. To do it, we have revolution in mind.
Join the revolution

If you’re keen to join Orygen and be part of our team challenging the status quo and reshaping the future for young people, apply now.
For more information and to review the position description, please follow the link below.
This is a part time (0.2 FTE, 1 day a week) position until 30 June 2024.
Applications will close on 19th September 2023, unless a suitable candidate is found sooner.

Orygen is committed to providing diverse, equitable and inclusive environments for Staff and anyone connected to Orygen. We strive to continue building a culturally safe workplace where our values underpin the way we work and our commitment to First Nations people of Australia, young people and their families, people with disabilities, LGBTIQA+ people and CALD communities. We strongly encourage applications from the First Nations people.

Orygen is a child-safe organisation and is committed to promoting and protecting the safety and well-being of all young people and embedding safeguarding practices into all our programs and services.

All employment appointments are subject to holding a valid working with children check, successful police check and having at least three COVID-19 vaccinations.