NSW Government Hunter New England Local Health District

We recognise and respect the continuing connection to land, water, and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and its interconnectedness to health and wellbeing. We pay our respects to the Elders who hold and share the cultural knowledge, heritage, beliefs, and relationship with the land. We acknowledge the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities within our District, the staff who work with us, and the Aboriginal services and organisations who partner with us to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across our footprint. We celebrate the strength, diversity, resilience, and cultural beliefs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Remuneration: $60,373 – $87,304 pa
** Your salary may be adjusted in line with the recognition of prior years of service on receipt of documentation outlining your service and qualifications.

Location: Kamilaroi Country

Employment Type: Permanent Full Time

Position Classification: Health Education Officer – Grad or Non-Grad

Hours per Week: 38

Closing Date: 29.02.2024

Aboriginal Mental Health Peer Worker

Tamworth Hospital Campus – Extended Care Service

About the job:
As an Aboriginal Mental Health Peer Worker, you will have a lived experience of mental health services and personal recovery, and share experiential knowledge, skills, and strategies for living with a mental illness to foster hope for recovery for consumers. You will also provide holistic and culturally sensitive person-centred support to consumers to achieve better outcomes and better access to health services. Your knowledge from your personal journey will be utilised to support consumers by providing individual consultations, education, and group interventions aimed at facilitating recovery principles of hope, choice and self-determination, and social connectedness. You will also work alongside other members of the multi-disciplinary team, contributing to care planning and liaising with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the best outcomes for consumers.

Where you’ll be working:
This position is based at Community Mental Health in Dean House located on the Tamworth Hospital Campus and will sit within the Extended Hours Service which provides services to consumers who present with mental health issues. You will also provide group programs within the Tamworth Mental Health Inpatient Unit.

About You:

The successful candidate will have the ability to liaise, proactively engage and work collaboratively with vulnerable communities and relevant agencies in ensuring culturally responsive services and will have an understanding of and commitment to person-centred, consumer-led recovery principles. You will also have personal experience as a consumer of mental health services, and the ability to utilise your lived experience to support others with their own mental health recovery journey, whilst drawing on effective strategies to maintain wellness. Your high level communication and interpersonal skills and ability to build strong professional relationships with key stakeholders will be essential to your success in this position.

Your Support:

Our successful candidates will be supported by the multidisciplinary team and Team Manager as well as other Peer Workers and the Peer Worker Manager. The successful candidate will be supported to develop an individualised development plan including relevant ongoing education
and be supported by the YAMHS Team Leader and will have access to cultural supervision and specific clinical supervision.


Four weeks annual leave (pro-rata for part-time employees)
Up to 12 allocated days off each year (for full-time employees)
Superannuation contributions 11%
Salary packaging – Up to $9k for living expenses + $2.6k meal & entertainment + Novated leasing.
Fitness Passport Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for staff and family members

Need more information?
2) Find out more about applying for this position
For role-related queries or questions contact Gina Blyton at Gina.Blyton@health.nsw.gov.au

Information for Applicants:

An eligibility list will be created for future permanent full or part-time and temporary full or part-time vacancies.
This position is full-time; however, job share and/or part-time arrangements will be considered.
At the time of appointment to the classification of Aboriginal Health Worker, the applicant’s previous employment that may be recognised as service for determining commencement rate of pay may include, but is not limited to previous employment in:

Work providing health services, including to Aboriginal people, whether directly or where their role has been to facilitate relationships between Aboriginal patients and health professionals and/or Work with Aboriginal people or communities involving community liaison and engagement, advocacy, health promotion and education or other community development.

Applicants will be assessed against the essential requirements and selection criteria contained within the position description (link below). For assistance addressing selection criteria visit: https://bit.ly/3vL5fq2
Stepping Up Website is a resource designed to help indigenous job applicants apply for positions in NSW Health. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/HNEHealthSteppingUp.
This is a Category A position. Recommended applicants will be reviewed for compliance with NSW Health policy directive PD2023_022: Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specific Diseases for Category A positions prior to offer. All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in the policy.
All NSW Health workers are required to have completed a primary course of a COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved or recognised by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). New applicants must have completed the vaccination course prior to commencement with NSW Health or provide an approved medical contraindication certificate (AIR Immunisation History Statement) certifying the worker cannot have any approved COVID-19 vaccines available in NSW.
Acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement (IHS), AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate, or AIR COVID-19 and Influenza IHS. Booster doses are highly recommended for all healthcare workers who have completed the primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations.?
Salary Packaging: is beneficial to most HNELHD employees and may increase your take-home pay! Salary package a range of personal expenses including novated motor vehicle leases, relocation expenses, and HECS/HELP debt. Find out more by contacting SalaryPackagingPLUS! via nswhealth@salarypackagingplus.com.au or 1300 40 25 23.HNE Health employees may be eligible for a range of benefits?such as allocated days off (ADO) for full time employees, long service leave, paid maternity leave, and salary packaging options including meal expenses.

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