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About the sector

The community managed mental health sector is a key provider of mental health services and supports to people in the community.

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Annual Reports

Find detailed information on the work we do to support the community managed mental health sector.

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Catch up on all the latest news and stories from the community-based mental health sector.

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Discover a range of ways to connect and learn through our events, forums and talks.

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Mental Health Rights Manual

An online guide to help explain your legal and human rights in the mental health and human services systems in New South Wales.

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Recovery Oriented Language Guide

Words are important. The language we use and the stories we tell have great significance to all involved.

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Registered training

Build on your lived experience or on-the-job experience and receive a nationally recognised qualification.

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Customised training

Contact us to design a professional development solution for your workforce and organisation.

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Our members

Our members are community managed mental health organisations, large and small, local and NSW-wide service providers.

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Become a member

Join a strong network of community-based mental health organisations delivering better outcomes for people in New South Wales.

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Peer Leadership

Foster new and existing peer leadership skills and knowledge and connect with other peer leaders across NSW. 

Course overview

Mental Health Coordinating Council’s Peer Leadership is a short, accredited course for mental health peer work leaders intended to contribute to the ongoing development of the peer workforce and mental health sector. The course aims to foster new skills and knowledge for application in the workplace, further develop peer leadership opportunities, recognise and formalise existing skills and knowledge, and connect you with other peer leaders across NSW.

What you will learn

During this course, you will explore:

  • Definitions and applications of peer leadership
  • Challenges of peer leaders working in various organisational and leadership environments
  • Tools for navigating and leading as a peer worker in an emerging workforce
  • How to mentor other peer workers and peer leaders
  • How to create and advocate for organisational and culture change within scope of role
  • How to lead in sustainable and peer-connected ways
Who should enrol

The course is for the following groups of individuals:

  • Mental health peer workers working in a designated leadership or senior role as a consumer peer worker or carer peer worker in the mental health peer sector
  • Mental health peer workers who are identified as leaders or emerging leaders by their peers (including leaders not in a paid or designated peer leadership role)
  • Established or experienced mental health peer workers and leaders who would like to gain the skillset as vocational recognitions for their existing skills and knowledge
Entry requirements

CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work or have at least two (2) years experience (paid or unpaid) as a mental health peer worker.

Units of competence

The Peer Leadership consists of four units of competency:

BSBLDR602 Provide leadership across the organisation
TAEDEL414 Mentor in the workplace
CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
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