Lived Experience


NGO Lived Experience Workforce Program (LEWP)


A Lived Experience (Peer) Worker is “a person who is employed in a role that requires them to identify as being, or having been a mental health consumer or carer. Peer work requires that Lived Experience of mental illness is an essential criterion of job descriptions, although job titles and related tasks vary.”

The Lived Experience Workforce (LEW) consists of people who are employed for their specific skill set, which includes their first-hand experience of mental health issues and recovery (as a consumer or carer) and importantly, the ability to apply in practice the learning and knowledge gained through their experience. LEWs draw from this as part of their day to day role in a skilful and purposeful way.


About the Lived Experience Workforce Program (LEWP)

The LEWP is funded by SA Health, to support the development and growth of the LEW in the non-government mental health sector. Everything we do is co-designed or co-produced with our Reference Group, LEWs and Leaders

The aims of the program are to:

  • Develop guidelines and standards for the Non-Government Organisation (NGO) mental health LEW.
  • Support the NGO sector to implement the Standards and Guidelines.
  • Engage the NGO sector in building its capacity to support the development of the LEW, including supervision, mentoring, training and professional development opportunities.
  • Seek and distribute information to support the NGO sector in embedding the LEW.
  • Improve collaboration between the Government and NGO sector regarding work experience and employment opportunities for carers and consumers with Lived Experience of mental illness, who are interested in a career in the LEW.

For more information about the Values and Principles of LEWP, click here.

Contact Us

If you want to know more or to join our mailing list, please contact us.

Program Manager: Belinda Brown
Phone: 0423 213 080

Senior Project Officer: Karen McCulloch
Phone: 0424 983 516

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