Lived Experience training will help organisations to better understand, value and support Lived Experience roles within the workplace.

Hosted by the Mental Health Council of Tasmania, the LEx Training Hub will provide a pathway for Tasmanians with a lived experience of mental health concerns or alcohol and other drugs, who are interested in becoming part of the growing Lived Experience Workforce.

The LEx Training Hub will directly support the expansion and success of a professional,work-ready, Lived Experience Workforce by providing peer and supervisor training programs, and training to help organisations improve their systems, supports and workplace culture to better understand, value and support Lived Experience roles.

Why has the LEx Training Hub been created?

  • People with lived experience are a key element of building strong, sustainable alcohol and other drugs, and mental health workforces in Tasmania. Their unique insights, derived from their own lived and living experience, help to improve outcomes for people who access services, as well as their families, friends and carers.
  • They understand the challenges that people and their families face, and can leverage their own experience to demonstrate that, with the right care and support, people experiencingsubstance dependency, or mental health concerns can overcome any challenges.
  • The 2019 Peer Workforce Development Strategy, Rethink 2020 and the Reform Agenda for Tasmanian Alcohol and Other Drugs Sector all identify the critical need to establish a lived experience peer workforce in Tasmania as a priority action.
  • The development of a lived experience peer workforce will also support commitments made within the Tasmanian Bilateral Agreement for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention as part of the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Agreement.

Some of the benefits of the Lived Experience Workforce:

  • Reduction in hospital admissions, reduced re-admission rates, increased discharge rates and reduction in psychiatric inpatient bed use;
  • Improved experience for people accessing services,their families and friends, leading to better health outcomes;
  • A knowledge resource leading to system improvements;
  • Role-modelling recovery that helps break down stigma;
  • Increased workplace diversity;
  • Positive culture change in organisations

What has already been done?

MHCT have already co-designed and piloted an “Introduction to the Fundamentals of Peer Work” course. We will be working with partners and stakeholders to develop and implement a variety of other relevant units and courses, including a leadership stream, which respond to the needs of the mental health and alcohol and other drugs sectors.

How will the Training be offered?

The LEx Training Hub will offer both in-person training at our Hobart site and in other regions across the state, as well as online options to ensure access to people across Tasmania.

There are three courses which will initially be offered including:

  • Introduction to the Fundamentals of Peer Work: 6 day course
  • LEx Supervision: 2 day course.
  • LEx Leadership: 3 day course.

For more information see the brochure below, visit the Mental Health Council Tasmania website or email MHCT on:

The LEx Training Hub is jointly funded between the State Government and Primary Health Tasmania. State Government funding was announced through the 2023-24 budget

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