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SHARC is a unique peer-led organisation. Since its establishment, SHARC's model of practice and service delivery has been underpinned by peer support. SHARC's Peer Projects is the lead sector resource for peer activities and peer workforce development, working alongside the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to support the growth, development and sustainability of Victoria’s AOD peer workforce. Peer Projects focuses on state wide capacity building of peer support activities and the development of the AOD peer workforce discipline.

Self-Help Addiction Resource Centre
140 Grange Road
Carnegie VIC 3163
EM: peersupport@sharc.org.au
Ph: 0499 392 994
Nov 21
Peer Worker Training
clock Duration: 6 x 5 hours days over 2 weeks, see timetable for more details
location Delivery Mode: Online

Enrolments are open, close 4th November

The Department of Health has funded SHARC to deliver the SHARC Peer Worker Training online to current Peer Workers and prospective Peer Workers from funded Victorian AOD agencies. Please register if you are a current Peer Worker with a funded Victorian AOD agency.

clock Timetable:
location Details:

Day 1: Monday November 21, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Day 2: Wednesday November 23, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Day 3: Friday November 25, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Day 4: Monday November 28 9:30am – 2:30pm
Day 5: Wednesday November 30, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Day 6: Thursday December 2, 9:30am – 2:30pm

  • Training Type: Non-accredited
  • Topic: Peer Work
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About this training:

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Peer workers, like in any professional discipline, need quality, standardised training and ongoing professional development. Through extensive research and co-design, SHARC has developed Peer Worker Training.  This comprehensive training provides a vital knowledge base for peer workers, and ensures that the peer workforce has a discipline-specific framework.


This training is designed for current AOD Peer Workers of funded Victorian AOD agencies



The SHARC Peer Worker Training seeks to:

  • Educate Peer Workers around the concepts and core competencies of the peer work discipline
  • Assist Peer Workers to apply best practice peer work in formalised settings
  • Explore the key components of the role with a focus on the peer relationship
  • Increase confidence and develop skills in communication and navigating relational parameters
  • Develop understandings of ethical practice and workplace legislative requirements
  • Empower Peer Workers to advocate for the discipline and manage their own wellbeing and development needs
  • Prepare Peer Workers to work across a number of domains, remaining ‘peer’ within clinical governance frameworks
Provider: SHARC

Eligibility Criteria

This training has been funded for Peer Workers employed in a Victorian State-funded Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) service, including those who are new to the AOD sector or recently employed under the COVID-19 Workforce Initiative and Peer workers.

Who is not eligible?

Students on placement or internships, workers from other community sectors such as Family Violence, Homelessness and Mental Health and AOD workers outside of Victoria.

Please ensure you have clearance to attend from your line manager. If you are unable to attend, even if you find out the day before, please cancel your registration and make your spot available to someone else on the waiting list.