Lived Experience


NGO Lived Experience Workforce Program (LEWP)


A Lived Experience/Peer Worker is someone who is employed in a role that requires them to have lived experience of mental distress and recovery. They must be able to effectively apply this knowledge in practice within the context of their role and within the values and principles of peer work.


About the Lived Experience Workforce Program (LEWP)

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


To learn more about lived experience work in South Australia, check out our friends discussing "What's This Thing Called Peer Work?" at Festival of Now 2020:

Contact Us

If you want to know more about LEWP, our activities or to join our mailing list, please contact us:

Lizzie Graham, Senior Project Officer
Phone: 0434 920 745


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