SHARC have delivered Victoria’s first Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Peer Worker Training to existing and emerging Peer Workers in the AOD sector. We would like to congratulate all graduates and thank consortia partners for introducing a peer workforce as part of their ongoing service delivery.

‘(the training) provided a framework to fall back on and refer to…the manual will be on my desk at all times for future reference’ – Peer Worker

The AOD peer workforce is growing, there is a spark in sector enthusiasm for peer work and an unprecedented demand for peer workers. In 2017, Peer Projects was established as a program under the SHARC umbrella in acknowledgement that a dedicated effort was required to lead peer workforce development in the Victorian AOD services sector.

‘The training has given me a framework in which my lived experience can be utilized’ – Peer Worker

The AOD Peer Worker Training was developed in recognition of the need for quality, standardized training for the emerging peer workforce. The comprehensive 5 day training, developed through extensive research and consultation,  provides a vital knowledge base and ensures that the peer workforce have a discipline specific framework.

‘(The training) helped me better understand the discipline and differentiate it from clinical roles. It has taught me how to best utilize my lived experience’ – Peer Worker

In Victoria, The AOD Peer workforce is recognised as an integral part of quality service delivery, resulting in many organisations formalising and integrating peer work. The workforce is supported throughout the sector by agencies and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and continues to flourish through the AOD Peer Workforce Community of Practice. SHARC’s Peer Projects looks forward to supporting its ongoing development.

‘it was great getting to know other peer workers and realizing we get to lead the way forward in the sector’ – Peer Worker

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