Peer Worker Suicide Prevention Outreach Team Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District


Employment Type: Temporary Part Time
Position Classification: Health Education Officer Graduate / Non Graduate 
Remuneration: $28.68 – $48.94 per hour
Hours Per Week: 28
Requisition ID: REQ431712
Applications Close: 1 October 2023

What you’ll be doing

Work in a Suicide Prevention Outreach Team (SPOT), based in Nowra NSW, providing mobile outreach and follow-up support to people who are in or recovering from a suicidal crisis, where they live their lives. The model involves pairs of workers, one clinician and one peer worker who jointly provide a rapid crisis response to people in suicidal distress and facilitate contact with services and people who can provide further support and address the cause of their crisis.    

Workers in the team will provide recovery-oriented and trauma-informed care for people who are in suicidal crisis. Support may include crisis response, assertive follow up, psychosocial support, safety planning, recovery/wellness planning, advocacy, and collaborative identification of community supports, risk assessment, care planning, referral to appropriate care settings, liaison with signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding under the NSW Mental Health Act (2007). 

The team will deliver support that aligns with the principles of step up/step down care. This includes making referrals to a range of community-based services for ongoing support if required (step down), or escalating concerns over consumer wellbeing to other acute or emergency services (step up). 

Within the SPOT service, peer workers are responsible for sharing their personal lived experience of recovery from suicidality to assist restoration in hope for those in a suicidal crisis. The primary objective is to support people in the community wherever possible and safe and to help facilitate the work of the clinicians within the team. 

The service will operate from 12:00 to 20:30pm. Therefore after-hours and some weekend work will be a requirement of the role .

This is a temporary Part Time 28hpw maternity relief position until 29 December 2024 with the possibility of an extension at same/reduced hours

All NSW Health workers are required to have completed an up-to-date course of a COVID-19 vaccine (2 doses) which has been approved or recognised by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). New applicants must have completed the vaccination course prior to commencement with NSW Health, or provide an approved medical contraindication certificate certifying the worker cannot have any approved COVID-19 vaccines available in NSW.


Acceptable proof of vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement or AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate. Please provide proof of vaccination if available.


Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District is committed to equal employment opportunity and embraces diversity and inclusion within its workforce. As such, people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This includes but is not limited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, People with Disability, Women and People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.


Talent Pool

This recruitment may be used to create a talent pool / eligibility list where candidates may be offered casual, permanent, or temporary full-time or part-time positions within the next 12 months.


Please note: Employment of a temporary visa holder may only occur if no suitable permanent resident or citizen of Australia has been identified for this position following suitable labour market testing.


Successful applicants to the role must provide certified documentation of vaccination history and pathology as part of their recruitment documentation. The applicant must be certified as compliant with Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases before employment can commence.


Criminal record checks will be undertaken on successful applicants. This position is designated as child-related employment and you will be required to obtain a Working With Children clearance from the Office of the Children’s Guardian. To apply, please go to


Your claim against the selection criteria is the most important part of your application as it will help determine whether or not you have met the standard of response required by the panel to be eligible for an interview. You should read the Position Description and then address the selection criteria for the role, giving examples where required. Applicants are encouraged to review the following information on Applying for a position within NSW Health at:

Selection Criteria 

  1. Recognised degree or other qualification deemed appropriate by the employer or, Certificate IV in Mental Health peer work or, willingness to work towards completion of this qualification
  2. Lived experience of experiencing suicidality combined with current knowledge and skills in relation to the effective peer support for people experiencing suicidality.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work therapeutically under pressure.
  4. Ability to work effectively within a partnership with clinicians and within a broader multi-disciplinary team.
  5. Willingness to engage in suicide prevention co-design, community of practice and education and training.
  6. Demonstrated effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  7. Current, unrestricted NSW Drivers Licence (Category C).

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For role related queries or questions contact Jannette Mottram on [email protected]



Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

Job Salary

Part time