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Organisation : Orygen

Location : Melbourne (Parkville)

Work type : Part-time

Sector : Community Support Services, Families, Mental Health, Youth & Young People

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $71,550 - $76,965

Application closing date : 23 Aug, 2020

About the role

  • Flexible working conditions, work/life balance
  • Part-time 0.8 FTE position until mid-November 2021
  • Leading organisation in youth mental health


We are seeking applications for a Family Peer Worker Development Lead. This position is fixed term and available until mid-November 2021 with the possibility of renewal dependent on funding. 

Based at our headspace Centres and Parkville Hub, you will initially commence work remotely from home. You must have confidential home office space and reliable internet connection.

We believe that all young people deserve to grow into adulthood with optimal mental health. Everything we do is focused on that outcome, pioneering new, positive approaches to the prevention and treatment of mental disorders. 

As the Family Peer Worker Development Lead, you will lead a team of casual family peer workers to provide support to family and friends (FAF) of young people aged 12-25 who are accessing services for their mental ill-health.  You will also provide some of this support directly to families. This may be face-to-face, by telephone or using video conferencing platforms.

You will also develop and provide training to support the family peer workers and staff to provide quality services to those they are working with.  

As a guide, remuneration of $71,550 – $76,965 per annum (pro rata) is offered, dependent on skills and experience; NFP generous salary sacrificing opportunities are also available to the successful candidate. 

Please refer to the Position Description below for the selection criteria and other duties, skills and experience required for this position.

About you

  • A personal experience of supporting a child, young adult family member who was experiencing challenges with their mental health, physical health, alcohol and other drugs and/or work and study
  • Demonstrated experience in providing peer support or supporting others using their own lived experience 
  • High level interpersonal skills, including the ability to liaise effectively with a diverse range of people, families and stakeholders
  • Capacity to problem solve effectively, engage and work creatively with other staff, families and carers.  
  • Capacity and willingness to conduct training and group programs with staff, family members and carers. 
  • Ability to work effectively in a team. 
  • A commitment to improving the way services are delivered for young people and their carers/family.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of people
  • Confidence to advocate for themselves and families in a clinical environment
  • Highly organised, with the ability to work autonomously and prioritise work tasks 


About the organisation

Organisation Name : Orygen

Orygen is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people. Find out more on our website.

Orygen is an equal opportunity employer. We are dedicated to attracting, developing and retaining our staff irrespective of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community.  We strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.


Orygen is committed to providing an inclusive work environment that supports employees to achieve their career goals without compromising their life goals.  With this in mind Orygen offers a range of employment benefits including generous paid leave, flexible work arrangement, access to NFP salary packaging and an employee assistance program.


How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Family Peer Worker Development Lead via Pro Bono Australia.


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