For Lived Experience Workers (LEWs)
Becoming a Lived Experience Worker (LEW)
Simply having Lived Experience of mental health issues and recovery does not make someone an effective LEW. Effective LEWs are highly skilled and trained; they know how to apply the things they have learned through their Lived Experience, to their work practice.
Most roles require employees to have or be working towards a nationally recognised qualification. There are people in Lived Experience roles with a range of qualifications, from Certificate IV in Mental Health to a Degree in Social Work or Psychology and higher.
Read more here.
For Career Pathways and Advancement ideas, click here.
Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work
The LEWP actively advocated for the Lived Experience-focussed Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work to be added to the subsidised training list, making it more accessible for people in Lived Experience roles.
Theory, evidence and practical activities help consumers and carers develop their learnings from Lived Experience into an employable skill set.
Click here to be taken to the course website.
Click here for ideas to obtain Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Professional Development for LEWs
The LEWP provides free training for people in paid, designated Lived Experience roles to further develop knowledge and work practice relating to the mental health Lived Experience skill set.
Registrations are open to LEWs from both the NGO and Government mental health sectors and session details will appear here when available.
NGO LEW Community of Practice
The NGO LEW Community of Practice has been established through a co-design process with the LEWP Reference Group. The purpose is for members to network and share with others in Lived Experience roles, and
to develop work-related skills and knowledge. The Community of Practice is open to people within the NGO mental health sector as well as Independent LEWs, who hold a paid position in which utilisation of mental health Lived Experience expertise is noted as a key essential criterion of their position.
Registration is essential.
To read the Terms of Reference, click here.