The Strategy for the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Peer Workforce in Victoria was launched on the 1st July 2019.

It 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 ensures that the peer workforce is dynamically and directly linked to the future direction of Victoria’s AOD sector, it will inevitably shape service provision and contribute to a reduction of stigma through the acknowledgment of lived experience as a virtue.

For a copy of the strategy:

The Strategy for the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Peer Workforce in Victoria

The Strategy for the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Peer Workforce in Victoria (accessible version) (available soon)

This strategy has been launched alongside Victoria’s other lived experience workforce strategies. Each strategy was carefully considered, with members of the lived experience workforce leading the development of these over the last two-three years.

The other strategies are:

Through progressing the actions in these strategies we aim to see:

  • Lived experience work understood, valued and recognised as distinct disciplines.
  • Lived experience workforce development driven and led by people with lived experience.
  • Lived experience workers getting access to the same level of structural supports and resources as other disciplines that work in AOD and mental health.
  • Sustainable growth of the lived experience workforce to meet the needs of consumers and carers.
  • Government, services and other disciplines learning from lived experience leadership, and better meeting consumer, carer and community needs.

Stewardship of the strategies is held collectively by the Centre for Mental Health Learning (CMHL)The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)Tandem; the Carer Lived Experience Workforce Network (CLEW); the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC)The Bouverie Centre; the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing (Melbourne University)Mental Health VictoriaVictorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative (VDDI) and the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria.

The Lived Experience Workforce Stewardship Group will:

  • Advocate for, promote and support lived experience workforces.
  • Identify and drive opportunities to progress toward the vision of the strategies.
  • Identify, create or advocate for funding opportunities to undertake actions of the strategies.
  • Provide leadership and oversight for implementation of, and progress towards, strategy priorities.

For any queries please contact the AOD Peer Workforce Development Coordinator: peersupport@sharc.org.au