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Champions of Mental Health Peer Work Initiative

The Champions of Mental Health Peer Work initiative is a National capacity building project which will build a peer trainer and assessor workforce to deliver the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer work and ensure prompt and streamlined implementation of the qualification across Australia.

The Champions of Mental Health Peer Work initiative is funded by the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) and coordinated by the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) on behalf of Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA)

This project has been shaped by a national network of peer work expertise.   

Background

A requirement of the National Training Package is that trainers of the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work have the following expertise and qualifications: 

There are currently few trainers and assessors across Australia who meet all three requirements, which presents a barrier to the streamlined delivery of the qualification to peer workers.

This project aims to catalyse the growth of a national peer work trainer workforce. 30 peer workers will be selected and supported to undertake the necessary qualifications to become trainers and assessors of the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work. 

Champions Packages 

- APPLICATION NOW CLOSED -

Applicants can choose from three package options to complete the training required to become a qualified peer work trainer and assessor.

The package you apply for will depend on the current qualifications you hold and those you are yet to gain. The following three packages are available: 


Qualification Packages


Package 1
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110 (TAE) only

For people who already hold the Cert IV in MHPW and only need to get their Cert IV in TAE to enable them to start training and assessing the Cert IV in MHPW. If successful in receiving this package, it is the responsibility of the recipient to source an appropriate RTO who is offering the Cert IV in TAE.

Application form package 1 -
Cert IV in Training and Assessment only
Participant Handbook package 1 -
Cert IV in Training and Assessment only

Package 2
Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work CHC42912 (MHPW) only

For people who already hold the Cert IV in TAE and only need to gain their Cert IV in MHPW to train and assess the Cert IV in MHPW Successful applicants are required to complete a 5 day recognition program in Sydney in either February or April of 2015. In addition to covering training costs, travel and accommodation costs will be covered for those outside of the Sydney Metropolitan Area.

Application form package 2 -
Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work only
Participant Handbook package 2 -
Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work only
Cert IV MHPW Recognition Self-Assessment Tool (Package 2 and 3 only)

Package 3
Certificate IV Training and Assessment AND Cert IV Mental Health Peer Work

For people who do not hold either the Cert IV in TAE or the Cert IV in MHPW. Successful applicants will be responsible for sourcing an appropriate RTO who is offering the Cert IV in TAE. Recipients are required to complete a 5 day recognition program in Sydney in either February or April of 2015. In addition to covering training costs, travel and accommodation will be covered for those outside of the Sydney Metropolitan Area, for completing the Cert IV in MHPW only.

Application form package 3 -
Cert IV in TAE and MHPW
Participant Handbook package 3 -
Cert IV in TAE and MHPW
Cert IV MHPW Recognition Self-Assessment Tool (Package 2 and 3 only)

 
The NHMC is providing the funding for training fees. Travel, accommodation and other expenses may be covered where appropriate.

Click on the orange headings below for more information. 

Applicant Checklist

If you wish to apply to participate in the Champions of Mental Health Peer Work Initiative, please follow the steps below:

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Carefully read the applicant criteria and ensure you are eligible to apply 

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Identify which package is relevant to you based on the qualifications you currently hold

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Ensure that you read and understood the Champion Package Participant Handbook for the package you wish to apply

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Complete the Application Form for the package you wish to apply for. (Note that all sections of the form must be completed in full, and be signed and dated by you.)

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If you have selected Package 2 or 3, complete in full the Cert IV MHPW Recognition Self-Assessment Tool

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Submit your Application Form, Cert IV MHPW Recognition Self-Assessment Tool (for package 2 and 3 only) and any supporting evidence to MHCC.

Where to send your application

  • Scan and Email: simona@mhcc.org.au  
  • Post: Champions, MHCC - LD, PO Box 668 Rozelle NSW 2039
  • Fax: (02) 9810 8145 (with 'Champions Application' as the title)

For additional information about the Mental Health Peer Work Champions Initiative please contact:

Project Manager - Chris Keyes at chriskeyes@mhcc.org.au or (02) 9555 8388 x 130

Applications have now closed

For more information about the Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work qualification click here

For more information about the Cert IV in Training and Assessment qualification click here 

About the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)

This course teaches the essential training and assessment activities - including how to design and develop learning programs; how to use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs; how to plan, organise and deliver group-based learning; how to facilitate learning in the workplace; and how to create, implement and manage assessment activities and processes. There are numerous providers around Australia. Read more.

About the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (CHC42912)

This qualification covers consumer workers and carer workers who are employed within the mental health sector in government, public, private or community managed services. This qualification is specific to workers who have lived experience of mental health problems as either a consumer or carer and who work in mental health services in roles that support consumer peers or carer peers. Read more.