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Peer Support Group Facilitator

Organisation : Macular Disease Foundation Australia

Location : Perth (Melville and/or Osborne Park )

Time required : 3 to 4 hours every 4 to 6 weeks (depending on group frequency)

Duration of project : 10 session minimum

Skill area : Client Services

Sector : Health – General

Application closing date : 19 Aug, 2022

About the role

MDFA’s Peer Support Groups provide a safe and welcoming space for people living with aged-related macular degeneration to share their stories and ask questions of their peers. The Peer Support Facilitator role is well suited to someone with good communications skills and confidence in public speaking. Ideally you will have experience facilitating a peer support group and/or demonstrate the ability to lead a balanced discussion. Personal experience with macular disease is desirable but not necessary.

The key responsibilities of this role are:

• Creating a safe, encouraging, welcoming, supportive environment for all group members • Leading group discussions and keeping conversations in line with the purpose of the group • Acting as the main point of contact for the group • Facilitating group decision making around time, place and regularity of meetings • Helping address and resolve conflicts within the group • Linking participants to resources as required • Managing group administration

This role is an unpaid position that contributes to making a difference in the lives of those living with macular disease.

To be successful in this role, you will:

• Have group facilitation experience • Be a confident public speaker • Have good organisational skills • Have good IT skills with the ability to use email, MS Word and MDFA’s client management database

About the organisation

Organisation name : Macular Disease Foundation Australia

Macular Disease Foundation Australia is the national peak body representing the interests of the 8.5m Australians living with or at risk of macular disease and their families.

Macular disease is the leading cause of severe vision loss and blindness in Australia. There are 22 conditions that can affect the macula – the part of the retina responsible for detailed central vision. The most common conditions are age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. 

MDFA was established in 2001 by Dr Paul Beaumont AM MBBS FRACS FRANZCO. His vision was to develop a patient-centric, independent and trusted organisation for those living with or at risk of macular disease.  

Our purpose is to reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease through leadership in prevention and early detection, disease management, advocacy, and research. We work collaboratively and in partnership with our community, health professionals, researchers, and government to minimise the impact of macular disease.

How to apply

Position Description : Position_Description_PSG Facilitator

To apply for this role, please email

Please quote in application: Peer Support Group Facilitator via Pro Bono Australia.


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