About the Role
Use your skills in community development and outreach to create opportunities for engagement with people who have lived and living experiences of mental ill-health, for the purposes of forming Lived Experience Advisory Groups which will inform and lead MHLEPQ’s work in policy advice and system advocacy. As the Engagement Lead, operating under the general direction of the Policy Director you will be responsible for engagement and ongoing support of peer advocates and advisors, facilitating relevant discussions, contributing to various projects and programs, coordinating work groups, and sharing information as appropriate.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Development of engagement and support structures for Lived Experience Advisory Groups
- Perform outreach work engaging with individuals with lived and living experiences of mental ill-health
- Identify new opportunities for engagement with diverse groups or individuals to contribute to future Lived Experience Advisory Groups or discussions
- Facilitate discussion amongst established groups or with individuals regarding their experience of the Queensland mental health system
- Work closely with the Policy Director to collect and share information for the purpose of informing policy, position statements and advocacy documents
- Maintain relationships, providing ongoing support and coordination for relevant groups and individuals
- Engage with external stakeholder networks such as Queensland consumer mental health organisations
- Other duties and responsibilities as required by the CEO or Policy Director
- Ideally you will possess tertiary qualifications in Community Service, Social Work, or Mental Health Peer Work or similar, however this is not essential
- Demonstrated experience in community development / engagement / outreach work
- Strong stakeholder engagement and relationship building skills with the ability to facilitate group discussions
- Flexible approach towards working in a newly established organisation with the ability to adapt to changing priorities
- Proactive and self-motivated, someone who can work autonomously as required to manage your own schedule
- Collaborative and approachable working style with strong interpersonal skills
- Lived or living experience of mental ill-health
Benefits and Culture
- Opportunity to make an impact, engaging with people with lived and living experience of mental ill-health to influence and inform improvement of the Queensland mental health system
- Make the role your own in this newly established position
- Join a newly formed team where equity, respect, empathy, and collaborative team work are embraced
- Eligible for salary sacrificing benefits
The MHELPQ is focused on the abilities of candidates to do the best possible job and will therefore work proactively with candidates to overcome any barriers for the right candidate taking the job. Such accommodation can include but will not be limited to:
- Part-time or job-sharing arrangements
- Environmental modifications where possible to ensure accessibility and an accommodating work environment
- Opportunities to step up and step back where required for self-care
The Mental Health Lived Experience Peak Queensland (MHLEPQ) is a newly formed organisation funded by Queensland Health. MHLEPQ’s role is to provide policy advice and system advocacy for, and with, consumers of the Queensland mental health system, and in particular those who are marginalised or disadvantaged. It operates on the principles of equity, access, cultural safety, recovery, and human rights.
Please include a covering letter outlining your interest in the position.
Click on the APPLY button, or for a confidential discussion, please contact Ashleigh McFadyen on 07 3846 7730.
Applications close at 4pm on Wednesday 15th June.
All Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application by email or phone.