Peer Specialist/Carer Consultant SA Health – Women’s and Children’s Health Network


  • Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Statewide Eating Disorders – North Adelaide 5006
  • Salary
    • Classification – OPS2 – Operational Services Officer L2 – $56,987 to $61,301 pro rata
  • Employment Part time – 15 hours per week – Ongoing Permanent 


The Women’s and Children’s Health Network provides state of the art health care for women and children in Adelaide and South Australia.

We are the state’s leading provider of specialist care for children with acute and chronic conditions and SA’s largest maternity and obstetric service. We also provide important community-based services, of which the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is an integral part.

Join our team and contribute to providing South Australia’s women, babies, children and young people with the best health care through both within our hospital or via our many and varied community services and programs.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is a free community-based tertiary mental health service provided through the WCHN across South Australia, providing care to those with severe and/or complex mental health needs. CAMHS provides services to: infants / children / young people up to 18 (16 in some areas) for community, statewide and hospital-based services / perinatal women.

The Opportunity

We currently have an exciting opportunity to join the CAMHS Statewide Eating Disorders team as a Peer Specialist/Carer Consultant, OPS2 on a permanent contract, in a part time capacity. 

In this role, you will engage, consult with and provide support for children/adolescents experiencing an eating disorder or parents/carers providing support for children/adolescents experiencing an eating disorder.

The Peer Specialist/Carer Consultant by utilising their Lived Experience will support other consumers on their journey towards physical, mental and emotional wellbeing:

  • Authentic engagement with consumers to establish a trusting working relationship
  • A positive role model and resource, sharing personal experience of managing an eating disorder
  • Share recovery skills, strategies and experiences with the individual consumer or carers
  • Plan and evaluate educational groups with the aim of promoting recovery, increasing their psychological wellbeing and self-management strategies, in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team
  • Facilitate the development of research and continuous improvement in the field of eating disorders and peer work
  • Reduce stigma and create awareness

To find out the specifics, including the key selection criteria and special conditions, please go to the attached role description.

About You

To be successful in this role, you will have lived experience of an eating disorder, demonstrated recovery for minimum of 3 years OR lived experience as a carer of a young person (under 18 years) who has experienced an eating disorder and is in demonstrated recovery for minimum of 2 years.

You will exhibit skills in interacting with people who are experiencing eating disorder behaviours/ and are receiving treatment and be well versed in supporting others who are experiencing mental and emotional distress to feel safe and reduce their levels of distress.

Benefits of Joining us

Not only will you be able to use your skills and abilities in a both a challenging and rewarding role contributing to some of South Australia’s most vulnerable women, babies, children and young people, you will also receive and attractive annual salary package with employer superannuation contributions and leave loading as well as the opportunity to maximise your salary through salary sacrifice arrangements. 

Application Instructions 

You will be required to attach a 1-2 page cover letter addressing the key selection criteria of the role and a current résumé/curriculum vitae prior to clicking ‘Submit Application’. It is recommended to allow enough time to complete the whole application as the system times out after one hour of inactivity.

Other Important Information 

The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working part-time.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Check and appropriate immunisation requirements.


  • DHS Working With Children Check (WWCC) 
  • National Police Certificate (NPC) for employment involving unsupervised contact with vulnerable groups required for this position (E.g. aged care employment or work involving vulnerable clients)

Immunisation Risk for this position is – Category B (indirect contact with blood or body substances)

SA Health Services are required to implement the Addressing vaccine preventable disease: Occupational assessment, screening and vaccination policy in the workplace.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply. Job ref: 837073


Tegan McLean

Clinical Coordinator

Phone: 8161 7227

E-mail: [email protected]

Application Closing Date: Tuesday 3 October 2023 – 11.55PM


OPS2 Peer Specialist Carer Consultant SPEDS 837073.doc

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SA Health - Women’s and Children’s Health Network

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Part time