Community of Peers Project

A Project to undertake a feasibility study into the establishment of a member based organisation for the peer workforce in Australia.

The Network has formed a Consortium with the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum and the National Mental Health Commission to respond to the significant gap in Australia for a peak entity which can function as a member- based organisation to bring the peer workforce together in this exciting 18 month project.

Download the Project Communique for a detailed overview of the project

Peer workers bring their valuable lived experience and unique skills to the mental health workforce and are able to establish valuable connections to assist others in the recovery journey.  Building our peer workforce is essential. Having a dedicated organisation or association to support mental health peer workers is the next vital step. We want to consult with as many mental health peer workers as possible between now and late 2018. 

We will be:
  • Undertaking an Australian and International review
  • Scoping for a better understand of the peer workforce
  • Conducting workshops in all Australian capital cities
  • Collaborating and communicating with other organisations engaged in supporting peer workers.
  • Developing a model for a National Peer Organisation
  • Having a booth at the TheMHS 2017 Conference, call in to see us.
  • Supporting the development of educational material focused on the employer

Mental Health Peer Workers working in a Regional or Rural area:

We are keen to hear from you and get your direct input to this project.

National face to face consultations in each capital city have been held.
It is important that peer workers who are based in regional areas provide us with their views on this potential entity.
If you would like to have a phone conversation or organise a teleconference or Skype link up with other peer colleagues, please make contact via:

Contact us at or Freecall 1800 982 123 or Mobile 0429 037 713 (we will phone you back)

REGISTER HERE to receive updates about the project and details of the upcoming consultations.