Mental Health Peer Work Qualification Development Project
A qualification for Mental Health Peer Workers
In partnership with the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC), Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) was funded to develop national learning and assessment resources for the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work CHC42912.
MHCC coordinated this project on behalf of CMHA, and were responsible for developing the resources for the qualification. Broad national consultation was undertaken through a national survey and refrence groups to develop both the consumer and carer streams of training.
After a robust consultation and development process, the materials for the Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work were finalised. To take a look at the resources and download a copy please visit the project page on the NMHC website.
These materials were evaluated through a pilot delivery of the training, which was funded by the NMHC.
The purpose of the project
This project has allowed Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) across Australia to deliver this Peer Work qualification for the consumer and carer peer workforce without duplication of development effort. All resources are available at no cost through the NMHC.
The aim of the project was to:
- Develop the required learner and trainer resources so they can be available across Australia
- Ensure consumer and carer peer workers have their skills recognised by completing a nationally recognised qualification
- Acknowledge and validate the importance of peer workers
- Assist to support and grow the peer workforce
- Assist to cement the peer workforce as an occupational group in community, Government and private mental health services
- To ensure Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work is available to consumer and carer peer workers across Australia
Numerous organisations nationally and internationally have undertaken significant work in this arena, and the project aims to work collaboratively to acknowledge this work and encourage participation of all stakeholders.
Background to the project
The peer workforce is arguably the fastest growing workforce in mental health in Australia and particularly important under the NDIS.
Community organisations delivering programs across a range of service types, including family and carer support and education, are increasingly looking to the peer workforce as an effective adjunct to their existing workforce.
Based on international evidence and identified sector need, the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CSHISC) developed the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work to meet the needs of this emerging workforce. Also acknowledged is the need for a skill set for peer workers who are in leadership, mentoring or senior roles.