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Peer work in Australia


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Tim Fong is General Manager of Human Resources at Flourish Australia. He has extensive experience working in the not-for-profit sector, in project management and internationally in the corporate sector. He is a registered psychologist and has also worked in frontline mental health services as well as operational management, providing him with a unique blend of experience and training. He is passionate about building an inclusive workforce and recognises the valuable contribution people with a lived experience of a mental health issue can contribute to an organisation's mission. Anthony Stratford is on the executive of Mind Australia where he holds the role of senior adviser, lived experience. His work contributes to the recognition of the lived experience of mental distress and recovery informing system change both at a national and international level. His appointment at Yale University in the Program for Recovery and Community Health, working closely with Professor Larry Davidson, has enabled research on peer support to be widely disseminated in Australia. Janet Meagher AM has a long association with the mental health and disability sectors. She was a National Mental Health Commissioner, board member, lived experience adviser, author, mentor, trainer for many across the disability, mental health and consumer communities. Her history of institutionalisation led her to become an activist and advocate working for rights, equity, participation and respect for people living with mental health issues.


This is such an important resource and I'm confident ... it will be a seminal thought piece and guiding light for peer work and indeed policy makers' and service providers' understanding and appreciation of peer work.
Georgie Harman, Chief Executive Officer, Beyondblue This book offers a privileged opportunity to hear from Australia's most recognised peer leaders on how mental health peer work can transform our services, systems and the lives of people.
Catherine Lourey, Mental Health Commissioner of NSW This book demonstrates leadership, strategy and examples of strength and resilience ... (it shows peer workers as) thriving, effective members of the mental health workforce. The peer workforce is uniquely placed to operate at the forefront of change as an integral part of implementing recovery approaches for mental health. Lorraine Powell, Co-chair, National Mental Health Consumer Carer Forum The recovery journey can feel like a rocky road, stepping stones stretched far apart... Peer workers are the guides to help smooth the bumps. Experts through experience, by mutual agreement they can help you find the smoothest path and help you stay there. Peer workers offer hope, hope that this too will pass, that it will get better. Lucy Brogden, Chairperson, National Mental Health Commission The evolution of the peer workforce in mental health, alcohol and other drugs and suicide prevention has enhanced the capability of the service delivery systems to embed hope, mutuality, trust and better connection to people with a lived experience. Ivan Frkovic, Mental Health Commissioner for Queensland

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