25 May 2023

Mind Australia is now accepting applications for the second round of the Victorian government’s Peer Cadet Program. 

Mind is one of nine community service organisations taking part in the program, which provides paid employment opportunities for people with lived and living experience of mental ill-health.  

The program provides valuable learning opportunities in service settings for 45 students studying their Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work. These placements help students develop knowledge, skills, and confidence in a structured and supported environment while receiving supervision, training and reflective practice guidelines. 

Clara Chapman graduated from the inaugural round of the Peer Cadet Program earlier this year and has continued working in Mind’s Inclusion and Participation team.  

Clara said the cadetship helped her make the transition from the classroom into practical service delivery settings. 

“The Peer Cadet Program was so valuable and just the stepping stone that I needed to get hands-on experience to further work on my skills and confidence,” she said. 

“Working within The Haven Foundation residences and Mind’s Participation Team has given me unique skills so I can better utilise my lived experience and inspire hope in others that are struggling.” 

Mind Australia CEO Gill Callister said the Peer Cadet Program is a valuable initiative that is helping develop and expand the lived experience workforce. 

“At Mind we firmly believe in the value and expertise of those with lived experience of mental ill-health and recovery to foster the recovery of others,” Ms Callister said. 

“We are committed to employing and developing peer practitioners, like Clara, across all service models, as well as employing staff in designated lived experience roles in other key departments. 

“We are proud to support the Peer Cadet Program and we commend the Victorian government for backing the growth of the lived experience workforce.” 

Applications for the next round of the Peer Cadet Program are now open. To apply for the Peer Cadet Program with Mind, visit Jobs at Mind or email [email protected] 

If this article raises concerns for you, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders can also call 13 YARN (13 92 76) a 24/7 national crisis support telephone service staffed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

If you would like more information about Mind services near you, please contact us via Mind Connect or phone: 1300 263 463.