Youth Peer Worker - headspace Melton

Youth Peer Worker - headspace Melton

  • Part-time (0.4 FTE) fixed term until 30/06/21; possible renewal subject to funding.
  • NFP salary packaging increasing take home pay.
  • Generous employer PPL scheme.
  • Leading organisation in youth mental health.

An exciting opportunity to join our team and support young people, whilst sharing your lived experience with mental health and supporting mental health recovery.

About the role and its impact

We are currently seeking applications for a part-time (0.4 FTE) youth peer worker. This position is fixed term and available until 30 June 2021 with possible renewal subject to funding. 

The youth peer worker will work within the team at headspace Melton, and will be part of an initiative that recognises the importance of the youth voice within all aspects of service delivery at our headspace centres. The successful candidate will coordinate and deliver headspace programs and initiatives aimed at educating young people in the community about core aspects of early intervention across the four domains of mental health, physical health, alcohol and other drugs, and work and study. This role will also include opportunities to work directly with young people in a non-clinical capacity, drawing on one’s own experiences to support them in various aspects of their journey with headspace.

As a guide, remuneration of $55,842 - $60,940 per annum pro rata plus superannuation is offered, dependent on skills and experience; plus, NFP salary packaging opportunities also available to the successful candidate. 

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

About you

To be considered you will need: 

  • aged between 18 and 24 years;
  • personal experience of challenges with any of the following: mental health, physical health, alcohol and other drug and/or work and study; 
  • passion, energy and determination to make a difference to health outcomes for young people;
  • experience or knowledge of peer work/youth participation principles/frameworks;
  • capacity to problem solve effectively, engage and work creatively with young people;
  • capacity and willingness to conduct presentations and programs to large groups of people, including young people and adults;
  • ability to work effectively in a team; and
  • excellent organisational, interpersonal and communication skills to, communicate warmly and effectively with young people, liaise, build relationships and partnerships, and consult and negotiate with a wide variety of stakeholders.  

About us

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

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services. Find our more on the headspace website.

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.


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 ‘Youth Peer Worker - Melton’ followed by your full name.  

For a private and confidential discussion about the role, please contact Denise Poyser at

Closing date for applications: Thursday, 5 November 2020 11:55 PM AEDT.

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. 

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