Peer Worker (Suicide Prevention) – Mental Health Central Coast Local Health District


Employment Type: Casual
Position Classification: Health Education Officer Grad
Remuneration: $28.68 – $53.87 per hour
Hours Per Week: Up to 38 hours per week
Requisition ID: REQ429505

  • Want to directly engage with and help those in need?
  • Do you have your own story you want to share and help others?
  • Join us at Central Coast Local Health District as a Suicide Prevention Peer Worker.

 This recruitment may be used to fill future positions via an eligibility list for permanent, full time, part time, temporary and casual positions. 

What we Offer 

  • Work for the largest employer on the Central Coast 
  • Full Salary Packaging services are provided – which means you save more tax. 
  • Discounted Fitness Passport to balance your wellbeing and Social Club. 
  • Professional Development through access to experienced and quality leadership. 
  • Access to Wellbeing programs and support through our Employee Assistance Program. 


About You

  • You have lived experience dealing with the impact and recovery of suicidality and are willing to share those experiences to help others.
  • You are wanting to build a connection, facilitate hope and reduce the loneliness of those in a similar situation.
  • You have excellent communication skills and can work with multiple stakeholders simultaneously (such as team members, patients and families).
  • Attainment of the Intentional Peer Support (IPS) and Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (Consumer), or successful completion of Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (Consumer) within 18 months of commencing position, including completion of CHCCCS003 and willingness to complete other essential training as soon as practical.

It is an expectation of this role that candidates have completed or are willing to undertake the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work as part of their employment with the service.

What you’ll be doing


  • The Suicide Prevention Peer Worker will work across Acute Service teams to provide holistic recovery oriented, trauma informed and evidence based rapid crisis support to people experiencing suicidality.
  • Peer Support Workers are integral members of the team and draw on their lived experience of recovery from suicidality to provide authentic engagement and support and instil confidence and hope in others about the journey of recovery.
  • The Peer Support Worker will provide holistic non clinical support to people experiencing suicidality.
  • The Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD) Alternatives to Emergency Departments (Safe Haven) Service is a key part of the NSW Government’s ‘Towards Zero Suicides’ initiatives.
  • The program will provide support for consumers who present to the service in acute psychological distress and suicidal crisis in a safe non-clinical space (Safe Haven) staffed by peer workers as an alternative to an emergency department presentation.
  • The Redirection from Emergency Departments (Safe Haven) Program will redirect people to appropriate and immediate support nearby to emergency departments, where rapid and compassionate care can be provided by peer workers in a non-clinical environment supported by mental health clinicians.
  • The Mental Health Peer Workers play a critical role in facilitating a clients integration back to the community and primary care setting and supporting their recovery journey. 

A Peer Worker Casual Pool will also provide further opportunity for staffing of the soon to open Wyong Safe Haven in June 2023.


Qualifications – External

  • Demonstrated understanding of how the District is Caring for the Coast and how this role would contribute
  • A lived experience of mental illness with the ability to draw on your own personal recovery experience to support others.
  • A willingness to undertake the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work.
  • Knowledge of recovery orientated practice within a mental health context and a capacity to promote recovery from a consumer perspective.
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated organisational and computer literate skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team to build relationships.
  • Ability to implement programs, including consumer advocacy activities and peer support programs.
  • Current Drivers licence


Where You’ll Be Working

The position sits within the Central Coast Mental Health Service (CCMHS). The position will provide support to people accessing Emergency Departments (ED) and inpatient mental health units  as well as provide outreach to community mental health services and community managed services to support the delivery of culturally safe mental health care.
As the leading healthcare provider in the region, Central Coast Local Health District is well known for its cutting-edge patient care and exceptional community services.

CCLHD provides the community with a caring, comprehensive and patient-centred environment dedicated to improving the patient journey. 


Stepping Up Website 

The ‘Stepping Up’ online resource aims to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job applicants understand how to apply for roles within NSW Health by clarifying the recruitment and onboarding process.   

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Please note that all NSW Health workers are now required to have received 3 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine or have an approved medical contraindication certificate. You will be required to provide a record of your COVID-19 vaccination status if successful.

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For role related queries or questions contact Kate Wardrope on

M: 0448 645 484

Email: [email protected]

Applications Close: Sunday 10th September 2023 at 11.59pm

You are encouraged to complete applications on a week day where Technical Support is available Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm by phoning ROB Help Desk on 1300 679 367.



Central Coast Local Health District

Job Salary

Full time