Aboriginal Mental Health Peer Worker

  • 1 x Full Time
  • Fixed term
  • Nowra

The Aboriginal Mental Health Peer Worker will be required to work as part of the “Next Steps” Suicide Response Team, providing peer support, advocacy and consultation to local Aboriginal people residing in the Shoalhaven at high risk of suicide or following a suicide attempt.

2 September 2019


The Program, in Partnership with Grand Pacific Health, Flourish Australia and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, aims to reduce suicide rates among people residing in the Shoalhaven through improving links to local services, providing complimentary follow up and clinical services including culturally appropriate peer support.


  • Provide appropriate peer work support and advocacy to clients and their families to assist in the recovery of Aboriginal people at high risk of suicide or following a suicide attempt
  • Support the clinical assessment and reviews of clients
  • Assist in the development and review of safety planning with the client to develop a shared understanding of their situation, problems and strengths.
  • Work collaboratively with individuals, including their families and carers to empower clients to explore self-awareness and develop strategies towards recovery and independence
  • Comply with “Next Steps” program protocols
  • Network and develop collaborative relationships with relevant government organisations and community agencies to build community capacity in order to successfully link clients and their families to support services
  • Implement agreed measures and participate in evaluation, research and data collection activities as required as an ongoing part of the daily work of delivery of programs and peer work
  • Participate in strategies to promote the program, including marketing the service to other agencies and communities within the region
  • Maintain appropriate files and case notes in line with organisational policies and procedures to meet legislative and funding requirements as directed by managers
  • Maintain computer based diary management system to enable effective and informed client bookings
  • Assist with the provision of administrative duties
  • Attend and participate professionally in team, section, SCMSAC staff meetings and other meetings and provide reports as and when required
  • Represent SCMSAC with regard to suicide prevention on relevant committees, working groups and community groups as directed
  • Ensure the quality of client service through participating in accreditation and quality improvement processes
  • Comply with all SCMSAC Policies and Procedures
  • Undertake any other duties, consistent with skills and experience, as directed by the CEO, Senior Manager or Supervisor


Applications must address the key competencies (selection criteria):  For an Information Package containing position description, selection criteria and an employment application, please download above or contact Human Resources via email hr@southcoastams.org.au or call 02 4448 0200.

Preferred applicants will also be required to undergo a National Police Check and obtain a new paid employee Working with Children Check (as required by the Act) prior to appointment with South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation.

Salary will be in accordance with the South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation Enterprise Agreement 2012 – 2015.