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National Mental Health Commission Update
2 December 2021

National Lived Experience (Peer) Workforce Development Guidelines launched

This week the Commission was joined by Assistant Minister Coleman for the launch of the National Lived Experience (Peer) Workforce Development Guidelines. We were encouraged by the response to these documents with over 1,000 attendees at the launch webinar (watch it now), including representatives from across the sector, many of whom have a lived experience.

The Australian Government has a long-standing commitment to supporting the development of the Lived Experience workforce.

A thriving mental health Lived Experience workforce is considered a vital component of quality, recovery-focused mental health services.

The Commission has developed the National Lived Experience (Peer) Workforce Development Guidelines under Action 29 of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

These Guidelines are primarily intended to inform decision makers, including employers and funding bodies and to support change across the mental health sector by improving understanding of the benefits of the Lived Experience workforce. The Guidelines assist employers to assess their local readiness and prioritise activities that support successful implementation.

The Lived Experience (Peer) Workforce Development Guidelines and their companion documents are the result of extensive consultation and a co-production process with people with diverse perspectives to ensure that a broad range of views, experiences, identifications and cultural perspectives were included. Stakeholders included people with personal or direct lived experience (consumers), families and carers, designated Lived Experience workers, people working for government departments, mental health commissions, managers and employers, and non-designated colleagues.

You can view and download the National Lived Experience (Peer) Workforce Development Guidelines and companion documents by clicking on the images below.

See a thriving Lived Experience workforce in practice at Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness in the video below.


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National Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

In October, the Australian Government launched the world’s first National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

The Strategy provides a framework to guide the development of a comprehensive, integrated system of services to maintain and support the mental health and wellbeing of children aged 0-12 and their families.

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Mentally Healthy Workplace Industry Initiatives

The National Workplace Initiative has produced a series to showcase current industry-led initiatives supporting mentally healthy workplaces and to encourage others to take collective action.

This series includes practical guides on how to build an initiative, case-studies of successful initiatives across a variety of industries and tools to guide strategic thinking when planning an industry initiative.

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National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy

The Commission has commenced work on the development of this Strategy with the aim of setting out a long-term vision for an Australia where stigma and discrimination on the basis of mental ill-health are no longer barriers to people living long and contributing lives. The Commission has already undertaken a series of workshops with people with lived experience, but there are more opportunities to be involved. Find out how you can get involved and learn more about the Strategy in the link below.

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The Commission has launched a new engagement platform called Have Your Say, so we can hear your feedback and ideas on the development of our projects and strategies. Register here if you wish to be notified of upcoming public consultations.

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University of Sydney study open for input

Do you have lived experience of mental ill-health? Are you a friend or family member? or are you working in an advocacy or service organisation?

The University of Sydney have been funded by the National Mental Health Commission to conduct a study to understand more about what stops some people, or makes it difficult for some people, to apply for the psychosocial disability stream of the NDIS.

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