Peer Work in Australia

Wed Sep 12, 2018

On Tuesday 12 September 2018 the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health launched our new joint publication “Peer Work in Austraila: A new future for mental health” at Parliament House in Canberra.

Flourish Australia was pleased to partner with Mind Australia to jointly fund creation of this book, contribute to the Editorial Working Group and provide practical supports to ensure the book was published and available for sale.

We have been delighted to collaborate in this project that has gathered the evidence that supports the practice of peer work in Australia into one publication. The book highlights the breadth and diversity of the peer work profession and, most importantly, the contribution of peer work to a person’s recovery journey. This book has been a way for us to take stock of where we are now in order to plan for a better future.

Our collaboration has been a clear demonstration of a very simple, yet powerful message, that the supports we provide are led by people with lived experience.

We acknowledge and thank the Editorial Working Group – Janet Meagher, Anthony Stratford, Fay Jackson, Erandathie Jayakody, Tim Fong and Kim Jones - who have provided leadership and guidance for this project, as well as contributions to the book, on top of their day to day work.

We also thank the many contributors – including authors and participants in the focus group - who have ensured the book reflects the many facets of peer work across the country.

You can order a copy of “Peer Work in Austraila: A new future for mental health” at Booktopia.