Peer support for veterans
THE Federal Government is looking to recruit a former Australian Defence Force member with “lived experience of mental illness” for a new Townsville- based veteran support role.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is advertising for a newly created community and peer adviser position.
The successful applicant will work as part of the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service Care Coordination team, with the role developed in consultation with National Mental Health Commissioner Jackie Crowe.
“The position entails using one’s lived experience to respectfully support and educate consumers and stakeholders about recovery oriented prac- tices and community support services,” the job alert reads.
“The position entails working collaboratively with key internal and external stakeholders so as to enhance VVCS’s ability to identify and respond to the needs of vulnerable and at risk veterans, current and former defence force members and/ or their families.”
The successful candidate must also obtain a Working with Children Check and have a current driver’s licence.
VVCS national manager Dr Stephanie Hodson said the role was created to enhance the clinical service support provided to clients in Townsville and North Queensland.
“The integration of a peer worker with lived experience of mental illness in VVCS is intended to reduce the stigma as- sociated with accessing mental health services and to assist in the identification of at- risk individuals and their families,” she said.
Dr Hodson said VVCS anticipated that learnings from the community coordination team may allow it to adapt its clinical service delivery to provide more targeted support to clients into the future.
“Peer to peer support is an important element of recovery and when combined with direct clinical service delivery, provides a more holistic model of care that promotes recovery,” she said.
The position will be available on a non- ongoing basis for an initial one- month term, with the possibility of extension for up to two years. Applications close on July 27.
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