The NSW peer workforce provides direct care to people across the public mental health services, including acute in-patient care and the community.
Peer workers draw upon their own personal lived experience of mental illness and recovery to provide authentic engagement and support for people accessing mental health care.
Support includes individual education with recovery, goal setting, referrals to community based supports and individual and systemic advocacy.
The Peer Supported Transfer of Care initiative (P-STOC) will provide up to 6 weeks of support by experienced, qualified peer workers for people who are discharged from actual mental health care to successfully transition back into the community. These positions will be based in community mental health teams and will provide inreach support to people prior to discharge.