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Family Peer Support Worker, Orygen @ Home

Melbourne Health - Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin


Family Peer Support Worker, Orygen @ Home

  • Family Peer Support role - Peer Worker Level 2

  • Ongoing Part Time position available

  • Use your lived experience of caring for a person experiencing mental ill health to support others.

The Royal Melbourne Hospital

As one of the largest health services in Victoria, and a team of more than 10,000 strong, we provide a comprehensive range of specialist medical, surgical, and mental health services; as well as rehabilitation, aged care, outpatient and community programs. We are a designated state-wide provider for services including trauma, and we lead centres of excellence for tertiary services in several key specialties including neurosciences, nephrology, oncology, cardiology and virtual health.

Surrounded by a Parkville Precinct of brilliant thinkers, we collaborate to set new benchmarks in health excellence – benchmarks that impact across the globe. While the work we do takes us in inspiring new directions; caring for each other, our patients and consumers is as essential to who we are, as any scientific breakthrough we make. We put people first - leading with kindness and working together, we excel as one Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Your new team

  • Orygen @ Home (HiTH) is an addition to the acute services provided at Orygen. The Orygen @ HOME program will partner with young people families and carers to provide inpatient like care within the home environment

  • Access to care is provided 24 hrs a day 7 days per week by a multidisciplinary team of professionals completing shift work rosters ensuring comprehensive, collaborative and coordinated care

  • The program will play a key role in the support and transition of young people and families between Orygen acute services (IPU and YAT), the continuing care teams and other services within Orygen and North Western Mental Health

  • Care will be in partnership with ongoing care providers and enable opportunities for targeted acute care interventions that can be completed within the home environment

  • Orygen places extremely high importance on responsivity services for youth in the western and north western region of Melbourne

  • Orygen @ HOME, as with all Orygen programs, is to be guided by evidence-based, culturally-safe and trauma informed principles incorporating the diverse needs of all young people and families. This is especially important for those from LGBTQI+, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and culturally and linguistically diverse populations. As the care team will be operating within the homes of young people and families, responsive and inclusive practices will be at the forefront of care

Your success in this role, will be in your ability to

  • To have been or be a first-hand carer for a person accessing mental health services, preferably as a young person and have the ability to share experiences in a recovery focused way. The candidate cannot currently have family member as an Orygen client.

  • Provide carer lived experience specific values and perspective within the multidisciplinary team.

  • Knowledge of mental health services and an understanding of issues experienced by young people and their carers when engaging with youth mental health services.

  • Experience in co-reflection or carer perspective supervision.

  • Experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team.

  • High level interpersonal skills, including the ability to liaise effectively with a diverse range of people, families and stakeholders

  • Capacity to problem solve effectively, engage and work creatively with families and carers.

  • Capacity and willingness to conduct groups with family members and carers.

Your Contribution

  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with young people and their families

  • Capacity to develop effective working relationships, collaborations and partnerships with a range of services within the broader community service system including primary care, AOD agencies, employment and housing services, NDIS and other relevant agencies.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) as well as abilities in problem solving and negotiation

  • Ability to work independently and effectively within a multidisciplinary team

  • Comply with all legal requirements pertaining to the position

  • A commitment to ongoing professional development through access to current literature, continuing education, supervision, and attendance at seminars conferences etc.

  • Ability to participate in policy and service development within the program and in continuous quality improvement through ongoing evaluation of services delivered to clients

  • Ability to document care as required and comply with expectations for data collection e.g. contacts

  • Willingness to work from a community-based site and across multiple sites if required

  • A Working with Children check

  • Melbourne Health will organise a Police Check prior to commencement of employment.

  • The applicant cannot currently be a family member/carer for a young person accessing care at Orygen Specialist Programs

Our Commitment to you

Here at The RMH we strive for excellence with a strong purpose that defines the work we do for our community – Advancing health for everyone, every day. This is the Melbourne Way.

We believe our success comes from our people. We’re committed to the RMH being a great place to work and a great place to receive care. We have made a long-term commitment to strengthen our organisational culture through leadership, education and empowering our staff to Speak Up for themselves and each other.

This is a role where your passion and expertise can come together to create a truly defining career opportunity. It is a unique opportunity to help us transform the future of the RMH and ultimately ensure we continue to deliver world class healthcare.

The RMH stands in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in work and care. We are proud to be a workplace that champions diversity, inclusion and equality for our staff and our community. Our goal is for our people to feel safe, included and supported so that they can be at their best every single day. We encourage talented people from all backgrounds, abilities and identities to apply to our vacancies, and will consider adjustments to support such applications.


For a confidential discussion please connect via the details below.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Record Check and a Working with Children Check. Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of an immunisation assessment prior to commencement.

Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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