QAMH has employed Scholarship Program Coordinator, Leena Bates, to oversee this project.

Leena is available for you to contact by phone or email. See her details below:

Leena Bates

Key Dates

2024 Applications Dates

Scholarship Applications open for people living in Mackay, Charters Towers, Townsville, Mt Isa, Normanton and surrounds


28 March 2024


Thursday 11 April 2024
Information session - Friday 5 April

Group interviews take place
Monday 22 - Wed 24 April

Award / notify of outcome
Friday 26 April

Scholarships and mentoring online induction
1 May
Scholarship Applications for Round 4 is being extended and we have made 40 more places available to apply for! Applications close at 11:59pm on Monday 6 May. This round is now open to all Queensland residents during this period..


16 April 2024


11:59pm Monday 6 May 2024
Information session - Wednesday 24 April

Group interviews take place
Wed 8 - Fri 17 May

Award / notify of outcome
Friday 17 May

Scholarships and mentoring online induction -
Wed 22 May
Round 5:
Scholarship Applications open to all Queensland residents.


7 May 2024


11:50pm Monday 15 July 2024
Information sessions available here

If you applied by Tuesday 18 June, your online group interview for shortlisted applicants will be held between Monday 1 - Friday 12 July, and mentoring induction session held on Wednesday 17 July.

If you apply between Wednesday 19 June and Monday 15 July, your online group interview for those shortlisted applicants will be held between Thursday 18 July and Friday 2 August, and an induction session held on Wednesday 7 August.

*Please note application rounds may not proceed if the scholarship allocation has already been met

Mentoring Support

You will be offered an individual mentoring session, and the opportunity to join regular online Peer Co-Reflection sessions.

Working Together Co-reflection is about creating expertise together through a process of learning, practicing and reflection. Co-reflection is designed to model a peer support relationship so that we are practicing the same principles at all levels of our relationships. (Shery Mead, Intentional Peer Support)

“The individual sessions were like “customised solution support”, but the co-reflection group sessions were like “brainstorming sessions” where you hear other people’s issues and perspectives.” Project Participant, Peer Mentoring project

Other Support

Scholarship recipients are able to apply for up to $1000 to support their attendance and study materials for the duration of the course. This may include accommodation, travel or childcare costs incurred to attend study days. It may also include computer or internet costs, and items such as stationery.

Successful applicants will be provided with more information on how to apply for this payment.


A panel, comprising of key personnel from QAMH and Lived Experience Representatives will assess each application based on the eligibility criteria listed above. 

The application form contains questions which allows us to accurately assess your eligibility and ability to meet the attendance and study requirements of the course. 

The panel may need to contact you to ask you for more information, or to clarify your responses. In this case we will use the contact details you provide (including phone number and email address). 

Further details will be required from Successful Applicants to apply for the $1000 payment to support their studies. Details of this process will be provided once scholarship acceptance is confirmed.

Some training providers offer online as well as face-to-face learning. Please contact your chosen training provider to discuss the study options they have available. You can find the contact details to Queensland based training providers offering the  Certificate IV Mental Health Peer Work here: LINK to contact table of RTOs 

The duration of this course is up to 12 months, depending on the mode of delivery. Completing the course over a 12 month period, you will be on campus or completing online learning for 2 days per week, and will be required to complete at least an additional 2 extra days per week for study time and assignments.  

The work placement component of this course is 80-hours, which equates to approximately 12 full working days. Please note that this placement cannot be with a service that you have previously been engaged with (within the past two years) as part of your recovery journey. 

The following units will be completed over the 12-month timeframe: 

Core Units

  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
  • CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self advocacy
  • CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • CHCPWK001 Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector
  • CHCPWK002 Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services for consumers and carers
  • CHCPWK003 Apply lived experience in mental health peer work
  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective units will vary slightly between training providers and campus locations. Please contact training providers directly for more information on their elective units on offer.

If you are eligible, you can apply for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) for some of the course units. This process will take place with your chosen training provider, where you will need to present proof of RPL units prior to commencing this course.  

Students are responsible for making arrangements for the work placement. You are strongly encouraged to contact a host organisation and arrange the work placement as early as possible, upon commencement of the course. 

In the event that you are not able to secure your own work placement, please contact your chosen training provider or mentoring support, to get assistance in securing your work placement.

QAMH supports the importance that is placed on the maintenance of confidentiality of peoples personal and/or sensitive information. This extends to the collection and management of information held in our records regarding individuals. QAMH wishes to provide assurances to the community of its commitment to privacy of personal information. Visit our Privacy Policy to understand our Personal Information Handling Practices.

We value feedback from people and organisations that engage in our services and commit to resolving issues quickly, fairly, efficiently and with courtesy. Learn more about the QAMH Feedback and Complaints Procedure. To provide feedback or to make a complaint click here.