Posted by on August 29, 2012

Graham Panther has been involved in the development of a number of innovative services in mental health and homelessness, in NZ and Australia. His work in this space typically includes:

  • Consultation and research
  • Strategic planning
  • Policy and model development
  • Project and stakeholder management
  • Recruitment, training and supervision

Recent project include:

The Mind Recovery College – Graham was one of two leads on the establishment of Australia’s first Recovery College, with Mind Australia. The college is a ground-breaking new model of service delivery, now delivering over 200 courses per year across 8 campuses in Victoria and South Australia. The college is built on the principles of ‘co-production’, in which people who have used mental health services partner with other professionals to deliver mental health education. This model is part of a substantial shift in Australia’s mental health sector toward a genuinely recovery-oriented system.

Peer Support and beyond

Graham began his career in mental health as part of New Zealand’s first Peer Support team to operate under a mainstream community mental health contract. Much of his service development work has focused on Peer Support, and other initiatives designed to help communities to help themselves.

The success of Peer Support within mental health and addictions stems from two simple truths: a problem shared is a problem halved, and it’s often easier to share a problem with someone who’s been through something similar. Peer Support has emerged as an efficient and effective addition to traditional mental health services (see for example King, 2011; Repper & Carter, 2011; Davidson, Bellamy et al, 2012).

Click here to read Graham’s 2012 discussion paper on the importance of clearly articulated Peer Support Values.

Training and supervision

As the Peer workforce grows, so does the need for more specialised supervision and training suited to the unique challenges of the role. Having spent eight years working in, evaluating, and developing peer-based services in both Mental Health and Addictions, Graham Panther specialises in providing professional development for peer workers and their managers.

Click here for information on Redpanther training and supervision.



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