1 June 2017

Wrapping up the peer-to-peer conference

Wrapping up the peer-to-peer conference

With over 100 local and international guests in attendance, Orygen’s ‘Peer-to-peer: A flourishing model of support’ conference bought together representatives from a range of youth peer work and peer support organisations.

A major highlight from the one-day conference included launching the youth peer work toolkit which was developed in collaboration with youth peer workers from diverse fields. The toolkit is now available for download here.

The event also provided a platform for attendees to discuss critical issues in peer work, and how the field can continue to evolve and support peer workers into the future. This conversation was also echoed in the video presentation from special guests Helen Lee and Swapna Kamal Verma, both clinicians and researchers in Singapore, who joined the conference via Skype.

Keynote speakers on the day included:

  • Sarah Jane Haywood, youth peer worker, who discussed how transformative conversations and relationships can occur in peer work; and
  • Sam Refshauge, CEO of batyr, spoke on the benefits of people talking about their lived experience.

Many thanks to Orygen’s Youth Peer Work steering committee who worked tirelessly to design and support the running of the conference.

Listen to a short vox pop from the conference here.