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SHARC welcomes new Strategy for the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Peer Workforce

Yesterday, the Strategy for the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Peer Workforce in Victoria was officially launched by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Strategy was developed by Peer Projects at the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) in collaboration with numerous stakeholders and in close consultation with the Victorian AOD Peer Workforce Community of Practice (CoP).  It has also been informed by a number of AOD sector agencies who have been champions for peer workforce development, as well as the work of our colleagues in the mental health sector.

This strategy describes the required activity needed to adequately develop, support and sustain the workforce and aims to assist policy developers, funders, AOD peer workers and their employers to work towards developing a thriving peer workforce.

The strategy will ensure that the peer workforce is dynamically and directly linked to the future direction of Victoria’s AOD sector.

For a copy of the strategy or for more information click here

SHARC Peer Workforce Development in Queensland

SHARC has completed the delivery of three SHARC Peer Worker Trainings and Organisational Readiness Trainings in Rockhampton, Hervey Bay and the Sunshine Coast.

SHARC was commissioned by the Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast Primary Health Network (PHN) to meet peer workforce development needs in the area.

I really enjoyed being challenged around what my views and ideas were around peer workers, and thus now seeing more angles and values of a peer workforce”, Organisational Readiness Training participant, Rockhampton.

The aim of the training was to increase capacity for local agencies to introduce and embed peer work into practice and provide a sound knowledge base of the peer work discipline for the existing and emerging AOD peer workforce.

The training programs were a success, evaluations showed that 100% of participants have increased their knowledge of peer work and over 97% have gained core peer work skills.

“This training would benefit anyone in AOD/Mental Health. Whether to enhance or improve their peer worker role, or for others to understand how peer workers fit”, Peer Worker Training participant, Rockhampton.

Charter of Peer Support (Mental Health)

SHARC are proud to endorse the Charter of Peer Support (Centre of Excellence Peer Support).

The Charter is intended to: 

  • Help key stakeholders to understand and appreciate the value and power of peer support as a means of preventing the escalation of mental health issues and promoting emotional, physical and spiritual well-being
  • Highlight the validity and value of peer support as an integral method of service delivery for consumers and carers of mental health services
  • Promote peer support services as a cost effective part of the mental health system
  • Promote consumer and carer involvement, participation and empowerment
  • For many people living with a mental illness, clinical health services and formal treatment services, while essential, are not the only means of seeking help. The peer support model is intrinsic to mental health and total well-being because it provides affordable and accessible assistance that is not available in any other way.

See the charter here

Intentional Peer Support in AOD

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Peer Support Groups

There are many AOD peer support groups in Victoria

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Peer Support Capacity Building Project 2014-2017

The Peer Support Capacity Building Project was a two year project commissioned in 2014 to assist Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) agencies to build peer support activity for both service users and families impacted by drug and alcohol misuse.

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SHARC leads new era in Peer Workforce Development

The Department of Health and Human Services has recently released an updated version of the Alcohol and other drug (AOD) program guidelines and a new AOD performance management framework. These updates…

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Proud Peer Worker, an expert by experience at 80.

SHARC have supported the Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD) to increase the number of peer workers delivering support services to clients in the western region of Victoria. One of…

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SHARC in the Victorian Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Campaign – ‘A World of Difference’.

In conjunction with the release of Victoria’s alcohol and other drugs workforce strategy 2018–2022 recently, the Government also launched the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Awareness Campaign to support workforce…

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The AOD Peer Workforce highlighted in Victoria’s alcohol and other drugs workforce strategy 2018–2022

This week the Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley MP, released a new workforce strategy for the alcohol and other drugs sector.  Victoria’s alcohol and other drugs workforce strategy 2018–2022..

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