Peer Worker – headspace Nowra Grand Pacific Health


  • Generous salary packaging options 
  • Join a team that is passionate, inclusive and supportive
  • Draw on your lived experience of recovery from mental illness to support young people 

About us

headspace provides support to young people aged 12-25 experiencing mild to moderate or emerging mental health issues. The multidisciplinary team at headspace Nowra work to improve health, social, vocational and educational outcomes for young people.

Grand Pacific Health is the lead agency of headspace Nowra. We are a not-for-profit, primary health care organisation providing locally-tailored, high quality physical and mental health services across NSW and the ACT.

About the position

The Peer Worker will work within the headspace Nowra team to provide open, appropriate and effective support to young people accessing or considering connection to headspace services. The Peer Worker works collaboratively with other team members at the centre to provide individual support to young people to facilitate their engagement and social inclusion.

As a Peer Worker, your own lived experience of life changing mental health challenges, mental health service use, as well as periods of healing and personal recovery will be critical to support people accessing the service with their own lived experience of the same. 

This position is part time (22.5 hours per week), fixed term until 30 June 2024 with the possibility of extension. Hours and days are negotiable.

Why join GPH? 

  • Flexible work arrangements to find your best work life balance
  • Continuous learning and development opportunities
  • Regular supervision and support 
  • Generous salary packaging options – increase your take home pay!
  • We make a positive difference to the lives of those we support!

We are looking for someone with:

  1. Practical knowledge and understanding of young people and/or you may be a young person 
  2. Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (or commencement or a willingness to work towards qualification within first year) 
  3. Direct lived experience of life changing mental health challenges, mental health service use, as well as periods of healing and personal recovery.
  4. Understanding of the recovery process and an ability to communicate a lived experience of recovery
  5. Capacity to appropriately share ones own experience, establish relationships and boundaries and communicate effectively
  6. Ability to manage your own wellness including the identification of strategies for staying well whilst working

For more information contact: Emily Pretzler, Service Manager, phone 02 4446 7300 or email [email protected]

Applications close: Sunday 10 September 2023

*Please note that short-listing of candidates will commence prior to the closure of this role, so please do not delay submitting your application.

We welcome applications from people with lived experience of mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from the LGBTQI community, young people from multicultural communities and people with a disability.

Selected applicants will be asked to provide evidence of compliance with COVID-19 Vaccination.