Building collaborative cultures of care

within NSW mental health services

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Peer workforce

Organisations promote a collaborative culture through effective integration of peer workers into NSW Health services.

In practice

  • Examining opportunities for peer roles to enhance collaboration across organisation and/or local area.
  • Establishing remunerated roles for people with lived experience of mental health issues.
  • Providing training and ongoing support to paid peer workers and volunteers.
  • Supporting options for peer workforce leadership and career progression.

Examples

Peer workers

The NSW peer workforce provides direct care to people across the public mental health services, including acute in-patient care and the community.

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/professionals/pages/peer-workers.aspx

Leadership

Consumer collaborative council

The Committee shares resources that support peer work best practice, delivers the annual professional development forum and provides a community of practice for peer workers. Committee operates in a peer-led collaborative model.

Leadership