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Arthritis Assist Peer-Mentor

ID: 139564
  • Health
  • Regular - more than 6 months

About this opportunity

Arthritis Queensland is an organization that aims to improve the lives of people with arthritis, endeavouring to help people learn how to better manage the condition. We run three online support groups for those facing the challenges of life with arthritis.

We are seeking empathetic peer-mentors to provide one-to-one peer support to people living with arthritis via our telephone support network: Arthritis Assist. Volunteers are matched with Arthritis Assist Participants who share similar experiences, to offer support via regular phone calls. Volunteers would be trained, supported and supplied with the information, resources and support necessary to provide telephone support.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Phone Participants and start open discussions about your arthritis experience and issues of concern.
  • Emotionally supporting Participants by listening, asking appropriate questions, providing peer support and information as needed.
  • Remaining informed of the information, resources and services offered by Arthritis Queensland and other relevant services, and how they can be accessed when needed by Participants.
  • Referring the participant onto their healthcare team for questions or concerns related to their arthritis treatments and medical management. In return, volunteers can gain benefits including:
  • Opportunity to use personal experience to help others living with arthritis.
  • Further developing your own knowledge of arthritis and ways to support others.
  • Building upon your communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Joining a vibrant team of staff and volunteers and feel a sense of achievement each day knowing you are making a difference.
  • Flexible location and time commitments

Good for

  • Online & Remote Volunteers
  • Travelling Volunteers

Additional requirements

  • National Police Certificate*

Our ideal volunteer:

  • Has lived with arthritis for at least two years.
  • Can be a positive role model to those with arthritis and is optimistic about current approaches to treatment.
  • Is comfortable sharing their own story to help other Queenslanders living with arthritis.
  • Communicates with empathy, is sensitive to the needs of others, and is non-judgmental and respectful of individual differences/opinions.
  • Will be open to continual learning and constructive criticism designed to improve Arthritis Queensland’s services.
  • Can commit to ongoing training and education as required by the role, including completion of initial training modules.

* May be arranged by the organisation. Details will be provided after you express your interest.

Time required

Time commitment per week will vary depending on the number of Participants a Peer-Mentor is matched with at any one time, as well as the Peer-Mentors own availability.

Interested in
  • Companionship & Social Support
  • Education & Training
  • Tutoring & Coaching
Training

Training is provided via computer-based training modules and a one-to-one phone session.

Queensland, QLD