Be part of much-needed mental health improvements for our communities
Fixed term opportunity in Wangaratta with possibility of ongoing
$44.68 p/h + 11% Super+ 17.5% leave loading + Salary packaging options
Support major mental health reform in Victoria to ensure that everyone is supported.
This is an amazing opportunity to shape the future of peer and community-led mental health services by being part of the launch of the Local Mental Health and Wellbeing Service in Benalla & Wangaratta.
This local support is a key recommendation of the recent Royal Commission into Victoria’s mental health system and promises to make our community a better place to live.
About the service
Wellways, Albury Wodonga Health and ACSO are working together to provide mental health and wellbeing supports in Benalla & Wangaratta to ensure everyone can access treatment and care closer to home.
The new Benalla & Wangaratta Mental Health Local will provide welcoming and inclusive support for people aged 26 years and over who are experiencing mental health challenges, including people with co-occurring alcohol and drug addiction treatment and care needs.
We are working with the local community and people who have a personal experience of mental health issues and recovery to build these services so they are the best they can be. Our services will be led by lived experience and coproduced with the local community so they are the best they can be.
The Benalla & Wangaratta Mental Health Local is committed to reconciliation, lived experience and inclusivity. We strongly encourage and warmly welcome people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, people with a lived experience of mental health and disability and people who identify as LGBTIQA+ to apply. Even if you only meet some of the criteria, we’d love to hear from you.
Utilising your real-life experience, coupled with skills learned through education and training the Wellbeing Navigator Peer, employed by Wellways, will support and represent people impacted by mental illness, psychological distress and substance use or addiction.
This role will work with other disciplines to instil hope through positive self-disclosure and positive role modelling, offering practical ways of overcoming day-to-day barriers and by challenging each other to try new things.
Main responsibilities of the role include:
Providing intentional peer support
Providing one on one service navigation and care planning
Group peer delivery, Discovery, Thinking About Work
Support engagement with treatment supports
Please note: This is a Fixed Term maternity leave cover position with possibility of becoming ongoing.
How you will make a difference
You will play a vital role in ensuring that consumers, carers and their families receive valuable and supportive mental health care. Wellbeing Navigator Peer will guide people through an intentional journey of evidence-based treatment, care and support, supporting people to achieve wellbeing and optimal participation in the community.
Personal experience of a mental illness or psychological distress and recovery
Certificate IV/Diploma in Mental Health, AOD or tertiary qualification in community services or 1+ year relevant work experience in mental health sector or intentional Peer Support Training
Be comfortable to share personal experiences with program consumers within a safe and supported way
Demonstrated skill in establishing empowering and supportive partnerships with individuals, families and carers
In the establishment phase the operating hours will be Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm. In 2023 the local will begin to operate 7 days a week. This position will be required to work afternoons until 8pm and weekends according to a rotating roster.
National Police Check, Working with Children Check, NDIS module, Evidence of right to work within Australia and evidence of COVID-19 booster vaccination or valid medical exemption.
Values driven, Not-for-profit, with many Lived Experience dedicated roles
Flexible working arrangements
Access to salary packaging and leave loading
Ongoing learning and development opportunities
For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact
Cat Hunt – Acting General Manager | 0472531029
Please note: successful applicants may be contacted prior to closing date
The Mental Health Locals teams will have an amazing opportunity to drive much-needed mental health improvements for our communities.