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Peer Support Worker Courses

Peer support workers play a key role in the mental health field, offering assistance and encouragement to those living with mental health issues. This includes not only those who have illnesses, but also friends, families and others impacted by illness. Peer support workers draw on shared experiences to determine the best course of action of patients and clients.

Peer support in mental health can take a variety of forms depending on what the circumstance calls for. Workers are deeply knowledgeable about available resources, and can help facilitate the use of or participation in support groups and other community services. Peer support can also take place on a personal level, with one-to-one visits and consultations centred on something as simple as socialising to more detailed plan-building and goal-setting.

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Popular Peer Support Worker Courses

There are 3 courses available for people who want to become a Peer Support Worker.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Peer Support Workers earn?

In Australia, a full time peer support worker generally earns $1,150 per week ($59,800 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for Peer Support Workers?

There isn't specific data for peer support worker jobs, but general mental health support worker jobs appear to be on the rise. From 2019 to 2024, there is expected to be an approximately 29% national increase in jobs in the industry.


How long does it take to become a Peer Support Worker?

To become a peer support worker, you often must have a Mental Health qualification. There are several potential nationally accredited learning pathways that can help you fulfil this requirement. A Certificate IV in Mental Health will take about 12 months to complete depending on if you study online, on campus or blend study modes and whether you study part time or full time. There is also a work placement component. A Diploma of Mental Health can take the same amount of time and have similar requirements. While neither of these qualifications guarantees employment, they are often considered a strong foundation for prospective employees.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within mental health. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.

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