The development of the Lived Experience (Peer) workforces Framework

Embedding Lived Experience (Peer) Workforces is acknowledged in national and state policy, recent reviews, reports and Royal Commissions as a key enabler to having individuals, families and communities meaningfully involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of services and approaches which affect their lives.

Building the capacity of the Lived Experience (Peer) Workforces is part of the WA State Priorities Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs 2020 – 2024 and aligns with the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015–2025

Using co‑design principles, the Lived Experience (Peer) Workforces Framework (the Framework) has been developed with more than 200 stakeholders including people with a Lived Experience, Lived Experience leaders, peer workers and allies, clinicians, service providers, peak bodies and funding agencies.

As an example of this co-design process we held a series of Development Workshops. Click here for more information on the workshops.

The Framework will assist in key implementation of the Mental Health Commission’s Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce Strategic Framework 2020-2025Young People’s Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Use: Priorities for Action2020-2025 and the Final Report - Ministerial Taskforce into Public Mental Health Services for Infants, Children and Adolescents aged 0 – 18 years in WA.

To support the development and implementation of the Framework, a Lived Experience Peer Workforces Steering Committee was established. Terms of Reference and Steering Committee Communiques are available to the right of this page.

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