A Willingness to Embrace Peer Work


The 8th Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium was held in early November in northern NSW. The symposium covered a wide range of topics, including the use of digital health technology, suicide prevention initiatives, culturally appropriate mental health support, workforce development and education, and commentary on the fifth draft of the National Mental Health Plan.

Footprints presented a poster at the symposium, authored by the peer workers, which focused on the organisation’s peer workforce. The poster outlined how the peer workers perceived their workplace environment in a number of areas, and how these perceptions were more positive after Footprints successfully implemented a number of structural and cultural changes in order to more effectively integrate the needs of its peer workers. The poster received an enthusiastic response by the delegates at the symposium, particularly those who come from organisations looking to employ peer workers.

The peer workforce was a hot topic at the conference, and there were several presentations at the symposium, which focused on the value and benefits that peer workers bring to the community mental health sector. It seems that Footprints is at the forefront of developing, utilising and integrating the skills and talents of its peer workers. The ARC, FPR and SHouT teams have all embraced the peers, and our clients will continue to benefit from the support and understanding of the peer workers as they journey towards recovery. 

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Liz Evans

Actioning Recovery and Citizenship Program 

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