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Training materials for Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work to be released in stages

17 December 2014

The National Mental Health Commission is pleased to announce that the training materials for the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (the Cert IV) will be released in stages over the next few months.

The training materials are currently undergoing a piloting phase. Once each module is piloted, it will be made available from the National Mental Health Commission website. Interested parties and RTOs are encouraged to access the materials from: www.mentalhealthcommission.gov.au/peerwork

The first module to be released (in February 2015) will be Foundations of Mental Health Peer Work.

The Cert IV has been developed to meet the growing needs of the mental health peer workforce. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to work as consumer workers and carer workers who are employed within the mental health sector in government, public, private or community managed services. This qualification is specific to workers who have lived experience of mental health problems as either a consumer or carer and who work in mental health services in roles that support consumer peers or carer peers.

We look forward to making all of the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work training materials available in 2015, and continuing to support the growth of the mental health peer workforce nationally.

For more information please visit www.mentalhealthcommission.gov.au/peerwork

"Even the most disadvantaged Australians should be able to lead a 'contributing life,' whatever that means for them and this simple goal will be our touchstone and yardstick."

Chair Prof Allan Fels AO
National Mental Health Commission

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