Peer Worker (Supported Transfer of Care) – Plains Access Mental Health Team Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District


Employment Type: Permanent Full Time 
Position Classification: Health Education Officer
Location: 606 High St, Penrith
Remuneration: Dependent on Qualifications
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ425939
Applications Close: 17/09/2023

This position is dependent on Qualifications:

Health Education Officer – Non Graduate – ($56,871.00 – $83,802.00 per annum)
Health Education Officer Graduate – ($65,548.00 – $89,430.00 per annum)

With CORE Values of Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment,

working with us will ensure your professional life is provided every opportunity to succeed
and develop in your chosen career role.

What we can offer you (for eligible employees):


·        Accrued Day Off (ADO) (for full time employees)

·        Opportunity for extra tax savings through Salary Packaging

·        Novated Leasing

·        Great education opportunities through Education Training Service which offers over 110 courses each year

·        Access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for staff and family members

·        Fitness Passport


What you’ll be doing:
The Peer Worker will draw upon their lived experience of Mental Health challenges and their personal recovery journey, to develop empathic relationships and support personal recovery for mental health consumers of the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD). The Peer Supported Transfer of Care (Peer-STOC) initiative will provide assertive support and post discharge follow-up for consumers who are transitioning between acute mental health care and the community.

The Peer-STOC initiative will work to actively reduce the 28-day readmission rate for consumers leaving acute mental health care by providing peer support for up to 6 weeks following discharge and offers hope to consumers who are leaving acute mental health care, facilitates contact with people who have a personal lived experience of recovery and firsthand experience in wellbeing management.
Peer-STOC peer workers will provide assertive in-reach for consumers in acute mental health units in the 7 days prior to their discharge. These meetings are to establish relationships, build rapport, discuss wellbeing strategies and collaboratively identify supports needed to transition into the community.

Peer-STOC peer workers will provide direct face-to-face follow up on the day directly following discharge, and no later than 72 hours after discharge. Support will be provided for up to 6 weeks following an acute admission.
Concerns over consumer wellbeing will be escalated to clinical staff within the Community Mental Health team they are located in for assertive follow up to support hospital avoidance.

This is a wonderful opportunity to join a dedicate team of Health Professionals making a difference to many lives, join our team and apply today!

An eligibility list may be created for future vacancies. 


About us:

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) is a wonderful place to expand your career and grow your skills and knowledge. As a recognised leader in the healthcare industry, we provide a range of public health services to the Nepean and Blue Mountains and Lithgow Region. 


NBMLHD: Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District will drive innovation and excellence in health service delivery that provides safe, equitable, high quality, accessible, timely and efficient services that are
responsive to the needs of patients and the community.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages diversity and inclusion within our workforce. In the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Mental Health Service, we value and strive for a diverse and inclusive workplace. We aim to enrich our working environment and deliver excellent care to all consumers, their families and carers, no matter their background or needs. We encourage and welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; people living with disability; people from a Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background; people who identify as LGBTQI+, people with a lived experience of mental health concerns and people of mature age.

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. 


Employment of a temporary visa holder may only occur if no suitable permanent resident or citizen of Australia has been identified and must not exceed the duration or conditions associated with the current visa. 



Selection criteria to be addressed:

  1. Personal experience as a consumer of mental health services and ability to utilise the lived experience to support others in their own mental health recovery journey.
  2. Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work, or qualifications in health or other relevant qualification, e.g. degree, diploma or certificate, or readiness to work towards.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work in a peer support worker role, with the ability to plan, implement and evaluate group and individual peer led activities.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of current local, state and national legislation and standards relevant to mental health.
  5. Demonstrated commitment to consumer led recovery principles including the physical health care of mental health consumers.
  6. Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to provide written documentation through the use of proficient IT skills.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  8. Current Driver’s Licence and willingness to drive for work purposes.

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For role related queries or questions contact Steven Capouski on [email protected]



Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

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