Categories: Allied Health and Medical Science, Other Allied Health / Medical Science
Alfred Health is a leader in health care delivery, improvement, research and education. We are the main provider of health services to people living in the inner southeast suburbs of Melbourne, from ambulatory, to inpatient and home and community based services.
Carer Peer Support Worker
Part Time, 12-month fixed term contract
Alfred Hospital location
Mental and Addiction Health Inpatient Unit
Excellent staff benefits including salary packaging
Alfred Psychiatry is responsible for the operation of services, which focus on people with a severe mental illness residing in the Inner South Eastern area of Melbourne. Services are provided by a number of teams located at the Alfred Hospital and at St. Kilda Road Clinic, Alma Road CCU, PARC and the Child & Youth Service including Headspace. Our Aged Care Psychiatry is located at the Caulfield campus of Alfred Health. Alfred Psychiatry also works in partnership with relevant local non-government and social support agencies.
The key role of this position includes establishing mutually beneficial support to carers and families of consumers admitted to Alfred Mental and Addiction Health Inpatient Unit. This support is provided face to face or via phone up to 2 weeks post discharge. Empowering carers and families to connect with others, practice self-care and utilise coping skills is another important component of this role as well as informing them of current carer services available such as: individual and family counselling services, carer support groups, financial assistance, education.
QUALIFICATIONS + KEY SKILLS REQUIRED
A personal lived experience of being a family member or carer of a person
Knowledge of mental health issues and an understanding of the impact on families and carers
Demonstrated understanding of the principles of peer support and the ability to utilise own experience constructively for the benefit of others
Demonstrated ability to engage individuals and or families through telephone or 1:1 support in an empowering and ethical manner
Understanding of the mental health system across the age ranges including clinical, and community based programs
Ability to work flexibly, organize work load and manage time effectively
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
Knowledge of requirements related to confidentiality and privacy within health services
Ability to work closely with a wide variety of families, other carers, staff and relevant groups both internally and externally
Access to Salary Packaging and Novated Leasing
Access to exceptional Health and Wellbeing initiatives in addition to discounted health insurance
For further inquiries regarding this position, please contact Sue Belmore on 0427660006
Alfred Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.