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Alternatives to Suicide Steering Committee

1 x Consumer Representative

1 x Family/Carer Representative

1 x Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community Representative


We invite you to apply to join this Steering Committee in its collaborative work to introduce Alternatives to Suicide groups to WA. This unique group model offer peer support groups by and for people living with suicidal thoughts, and equivalent support by and for families, friends and loved ones.

For more information about this approach, please visit: https://www.mercycare.com.au/alternativesforum/

What’s Involved?

Participation in regular monthly (2 hours), and occasional meetings of the Steering Committee.


  • Honorarium payment of $35 per hour for a minimum of three hours + pre-approved reimbursement expenses
  • Opportunity to take an active leadership role in advancing peer support in Western Australia by and for people at risk of and/ or bereaved by suicide, as part of a collaborative and supportive team.

How to Apply

Please read our accompanying documents and submit a letter (no more than 2 pages) outlining how you meet the Selection Criteria. Applicants can apply for more than one position where they meet the relevant criteria. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an informal interview with appointments subject to satisfactory reference checks. Submit applications to alternativesforum@mercycare.com.au by 5pm Wednesday 6th September 2017.


Contact Persons for Role Enquiries:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Representative:

Professor Dawn Bessarab, UWA, phone 0406 453 159

Consumer Representative: 

Rhianwen Beresford, CoMHWA, phone (08) 9258 8911

Family/Carer Representative:        

Debbie Childs, HelpingMinds, phone (08) 9427 7100


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Write a One-Page Recovery Story for Payment

PeerZone is developing a toolkit for people with mental distress and the people who support them. PeerZone Toolkit (aka Swell) will include 52 life challenges in nine domains. Each challenge includes a short article on what works, an activity sheet for people experiencing distress, conversation guide for supporters, and a peer recovery story. Visit www.swelltoolkit.com to see an example of the content. Visit www.peerzone.info to find out more about PeerZone.

Each recovery story needs to be half a page to a full page (A4 or US letter) and submitted by Thursday 31st August to info@peerzone.info People can submit more than one story.

People who submit a story that is published will receive a NZD $100 Amazon gift voucher and a free copy of ‘Madness Made Me’ by Mary O’Hagan. The stories will be edited in collaboration with the authors who will decide if they want their story to be an anonymous or not.

Click here for a full copy of the topics and guidelines.


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North Metro Mental Health – Consumer and Carer Consultants Needed

North Metropolitan Health Service Mental Health, Adult Program, are advertising to recruit a pool of casual Consumer and Carer Consultants and are particularly keen to attract Carers and Consumers who are from diverse backgrounds including CALD and Indigenous. Any questions about the process can be directed to Hayley Solich A/Peer Work Coordinator on 6557 8000. Please encourage anyone you know who fits the criteria to apply.

Click to view the full advertisements for Consumer Consultant and Carer Consultant. Applications close Sunday 3rd September 2017.


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Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander Recovery Mentor Positions at Avivo

Do you have passion and commitment for supporting people to continue living in the community? Avivo are looking for mentors, preferably female and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent, to support customers (one based in Armadale and the other in Kwinana) who are experiencing severe and persistent mental ill-health.

Minimum requirements include; Cert IV in Mental Health (or working towards), practical experience providing mental health services and Strong understanding and experience with supporting people in recovery. People with a lived experience are encouraged to apply.

Click the locations above to view the full advertisements.

For any questions regarding the roles, please contact Cassandra from Avivo on 9204 7808.


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South Metro Mental Health Consumer Representatives Needed

South Metropolitan Health Service is developing a plan for ongoing consultation and engagement with health consumers and the community – the Consumer and Community Engagement Framework. The Framework will be based on a new guide to engagement which will be released by WA Health soon. In order to create the plan, a working group will be brought together for regular meetings and to review document as it is developed. This working group will include a range of people who can bring a consumer point of view to the discussions.

Participants will be remunerated for their time and other reasonable costs.

Click to view the full advertisement.

Please contact Jaymie Arthurson, Senior Safety, Quality and Consumer Engagement Coordinator at South Metropolitan Health Service by email on Jaymie.Arthurson@health.wa.gov.au or post to: Safety, Quality and Consumer Engagement South Metropolitan Health Service Locked Bag 100, PALMYRA DC WA 6961


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Peer Community Worker (Post Discharge Services) with Ruah

The aim of this role is to safely transition individuals from the care of the discharging service, ascertain the assistance, intervention and services they would most benefit from, provide emergency interventions where appropriate, then connect them to relevant community services and programs and assertive follow up of individuals to ensure they are utilising services they have been connected with.

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Peer Community Engagement Worker with Richmond Wellbeing

Richmond Wellbeing are seeking experienced peer workers to engage with communities across the metropolitan area regarding local Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Services.
As part of the integrated care project funded by WAPHA, Richmond Wellbeing are working with a consortium of partners across AOD and MH services to gather information from the community and service providers to inform how we can work better together to meet the needs of the local community by providing timely, holistic, person centred services that meet the unique needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

A three to four-month contract will be offered to peers interested or experienced in community engagement. This role will involve reaching out to individuals and the community face to face, over the phone and via social media to seek feedback from individuals experiencing mental health and alcohol and other drug issues. Community engagement workers will also seek input from families and carers.

Please contact Max Taylor at Richmond Wellbeing on 0411 733 955 or E. max.taylor@rw.org.au
We are looking for an immediate start. Part-time, flexible work arrangements are available. This position is a Level 5.1 ($33.43 p/h) according to the current Richmond Wellbeing Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.




Do you have a Peer Workforce opportunity that you would like advertised on our website or newsletter?

Contact us today!

Call the office on 9258 8911 or email admin@comhwa.org.au to discuss.


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  • admin@comhwa.org.au
  • PO Box 176 Cannington WA 6987 31 Manning Road Cannington WA 6987
  • 9am - 5pm
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