International Student Peer Worker

International Student Peer Worker

Do you have a broad understanding of peer support programs?

Do you have lived experience of mental ill-health and experience studying as an international student in Australia?

Here’s your chance to help improve access and support for international students experiencing mental ill-health!

About the role and its impact

We are seeking applications for a part-time International Student Peer Worker. This position is fixed term position available until 31 May 2021.

Based at Parkville, you will initially commence work remotely from home. All applications will be accepted within the state. You must have confidential home office space and reliable internet connection.

We believe that all young people deserve to grow into adulthood with optimal mental health. Everything we do is focused on that outcome, pioneering new, positive approaches to the prevention and treatment of mental disorders.

As the International Student Peer Worker, your contribution will be to assist in developing an introductory peer work training package and create digital content specifically for international students. A major component of the role requires sharing your own lived experience of mental health and experience studying as an international student in Australia.

You will be provided with training and supervision in the principles of peer work and in the effective facilitation of training. You will work with the project team and alongside external partners and international students to develop the training. Working alongside a Clinical Educator, you will then deliver training to groups of international students. 

Remuneration is dependent on skills and experience; NFP generous salary sacrificing opportunities are also available to the successful candidate.

Please refer to the position description below for the selection criteria and other duties, skills and experience required for this position.

About you

As the International Student Peer Worker, you will have:

  • lived experience of mental ill health and experience studying as an international student in Australia;
  • willingness and ability to share own experiences around mental health and wellbeing as an international student;
  • broad understanding of peer support programs available to people accessing mental health services;
  • confident public speaker with the ability to engage with a broad range of people in group settings;
  • willingness to learn relevant administrative procedures, including software applications; and
  • knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

About us

Orygen is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people.

Orygen is an equal opportunity employer. We are dedicated to attracting, developing and retaining our staff irrespective of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community.  We strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Orygen is committed to providing an inclusive work environment that supports employees to achieve their career goals without compromising their life goals.  With this in mind Orygen offers a range of employment benefits including generous paid leave, flexible work arrangement, access to NFP salary packaging and an employee assistance program.


To apply for this role, please submit your resume, cover letter and a document addressing each essential and desirable bullet point in the key selection criteria located in the position description to, using the subject line: ‘International Student Peer Worker’, followed by your full name.

For a private and confidential discussion, please contact Gina Chinnery at  

Closing date for applications: Thursday, 13 August 2020, 11:55 PM AEST.

Orygen reserves the right to close the advertisement before this date is reached. Therefore, it is encouraged that you submit your application as soon as possible.

Download the full Position Description