Interested in becoming a Peer Supporter?

We are seeking employees from all areas of Monash Health to enrol in our upcoming workshop to become a Peer Supporter.

If you’re interested in becoming a Peer Supporter and would like to attend a training workshop, please contact peersupport@monashhealth.org or visit the Monash Care intranet page.

Workshop details:

Tuesday 21 May 2019
4 – 7pm
Monash Medical Centre, Level 4, Seminar Room
Light refreshments will be provided

What is Peer Support?

Peer Support is a dedicated resource to support staff with health and wellbeing matters. this program is delivered by trained peers who have volunteered to provide an empathetic ear to peers who may be struggling with personal, training, work, health or other life problems.

Anyone experiencing any of these issues are encouraged to directly contact a peer Supporter for a confidential discussion and assistance in finding the right resources to address the issue. Peer Supporters have received formalised training and are supported by coaches, who are senior trained staff within each discipline.

Hear from some of our Peer Supporters

Name: Jim Hardie

  1. What is your role at Monash Health, and what does it entail?

I have worked at Moorabbin Hospital for 15 years in a number of roles. Currently I am Deputy Director of Nursing and Operation.

  1. What is your favourite part about being a Peer Supporter?

Firstly I really enjoyed the training I took part in. Having been a manager for many years I have had numerous opportunities to help and advise my colleagues on a variety of issues. We all, at times, have to be at work while things outside of work may be troubling us. This can be difficult and stressful. If I can use my experiences to help others I am happy to do so.

  1. Would you recommend being a Peer Supporter to another colleague, and why?

I would most definitely recommend becoming a Peer Supporter. However to take on this responsibility you must be certain you have the experience and skills to be of help. The training is very appropriate and valuable but life experience is equally important.

 Name: Lauren Brush

 

  1. What is your role at Monash Health, and what does it entail?

I am a Geriatrics Advanced trainee, mostly I work on the GEM wards, but occasionally do ACAS assessments, RALs reviews and clinics.

  1. What is your favourite part about being a Peer Supporter?

Helping improve the work culture.

  1. Would you recommend being a Peer Supporter to another colleague, and why?

Yes I would definitely recommend being a peer supporter, it’s not a huge time commitment and you get to support your colleagues.

 

Name: Valerie Villinger

  1. What is your role at Monash Health, and what does it entail?

General Services Co-ordinator Kingston and RACS sites

I oversee the PSA and ESA team in support services across my sites. I build strong networks and relationships with NUM’s, FM, Food Services and all other departments and disciplines across Monash Health

  1. What is your favourite part about being a Peer Supporter?

I feel privileged that team members from within my team and also outside of my team invite me into their personal life story. That can be a work issue or stressor or something they are struggling with personally outside of the workplace. I have an open door policy and I work on building trusting relationships. I enjoy empowering and supporting team members to ask for help or to seek assistance and self-refer, where they are capable of making that decision.

  1. Would you recommend being a Peer Supporter to another colleague, and why?

It is rewarding to know that a team member has someone they can go to for support and it might be as simple as an ear to listen as they vent or as complicated major crisis in their life or workspace. It is also great to see the change process that team members go through when they feel heard everyone has the answers within themselves I just support and encourage them to see what is already there and to take the needed action for change.

 

Name: Allison McPherson

  1. What is your favourite part about being a Peer Supporter?

Playing a small part in such a positive, supportive team.  The opportunity to meet new people within Monash Health and chat – my favourite things!

2. Would you recommend being a Peer Supporter to another colleague, and why?

Definitely!  We all have life experiences we can draw on when lending an ear to a colleague in need. I believe in “paying it forward”.

Name: Kate Flynn

  1. What is your role at Monash Health, and what does it entail?

I am the medical education officer for the Intern program and part of the Monash Doctors Education unit.  I support the interns during this hectic supported training year both clinically where indicated and from a pastoral care perspective.

  1. What is your favourite part about being a Peer Supporter?

Being of service to my colleagues in the health care industry. Over the last 20 years in the industry I have seen a lot, achieved a lot and survived a lot!

  1. Why do you believe the program is important in our organisation?

It is important for colleagues to know that they are an integral part of a team greater than just themselves and the unit they work in. Help and support is always available without stigma.

  1. Would you recommend being a Peer Supporter to another colleague, and why?

I think everyone who has the capacity and desire to support another person should consider being a peer supporter.  Normalising the culture that from time to time we all need support in some shape or form would be a great step forward to a healthier workforce.