Lived Experience Peer Cadet Program

Are you enrolled or wanting to study the Certificate IV Mental Health Peer Work?
Are you self-reflective, curious, and willing to learn?

Keen to use your lived experience in mental health to help others? Applications are open for the Peer Cadet Program at ermha365.
What is the Lived Experience Peer Cadet Program?

The Lived Experience Peer Cadet Program is an employment opportunity for people with lived experience undertaking the Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work, to enter paid employment across participating Victorian non-government community mental health services.

What does the program involve?

We are offering five cadetships, to be employed two days per week, paid part-time over 12 months. The five roles across the ermha365 organisation potentially include the HOPE program, Barwon PARC, Carer Support, and Commonwealth Psychosocial Support (CPS).

Peer Cadets will develop knowledge, skills, and confidence in a structured and supported environment. Throughout their employment cadets will receive supervision and training that is discipline specific. Opportunities for learning include (but are not limited to): shadowing telehealth, outreach, one-to-one support, attending group programs, team meetings, internal core training, reflective practice (peer and non-peer), Community of Practice, and supervision.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled to begin within the Cadetship Period planning to start early July 2023, or already undertaking the Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work. The selection criteria for Peer Cadet roles at ermha365 will be available shortly in the Peer Cadet position description.

Other qualifications and/or recognised prior learning are not eligible for this program.


There are two positions available in Barwon/Geelong, and three positions across South-East Melbourne.

How to apply

Please click below to apply though the Mental Health Victoria (MHV) portal:

*Note: If you would like to apply to ermha365, please specify this in your application through Mental Health Victoria.

The terms and conditions of the role will be listed in the position description (coming soon). If you have any further questions not addressed here or on the Mental Health Victora portal, please contact:

Susan D’Arcy, Lived/Living Experience Practice Leader
Ph: 0429 829 683 or email

Applications Close on Friday 26 May 2023