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Table 2 Reasons why participants applied for their current position

From: Workplace experiences of mental health consumer peer workers in New South Wales, Australia: a survey study exploring job satisfaction, burnout and turnover intention

ReasonGov
(N = 44)
n (%)
CMO
(N = 19)
n (%)
Overall (N = 64)
n (%)
Using my lived experience to support others23 (52.3%)10 (52.6%)34 (53.1%)
To improve mental health system / make a difference18 (40.9%)3 (15.8%)21 (32.8%)
Job fit with my expertise / skill set / qualifications13 (29.5%)3 (15.8%)16 (25.0%)
Wanted to work in mental health / the health system8 (18.2%)4 (21.1%)12 (18.8%)
Challenging / Interesting work4 (9.1%)6 (31.6%)10 (15.6%)
Passion for peer support / mental health4 (9.1%)4 (21.1%)9 (14.1%)
To demonstrate recovery6 (13.6%)2 (10.5%)8 (12.5%)
Working conditions (e.g., working hours, job security, work-life balance)6 (13.6%)2 (10.5%)8 (12.5%)
Build on previous experiences / Improve skills5 (11.4%)2 (10.5%)7 (10.9%)
Did not like previous position4 (9.1%)1 (5.3%)5 (7.8%)
New experiences / something different2 (4.5%)3 (15.8%)5 (7.8%)
Support recovery / recovery oriented practice4 (9.1%)1 (5.3%)5 (7.8%)
To reduce stigma / discrimination4 (9.1%)1 (5.3%)5 (7.8%)
Career progression0 (0.0%)3 (15.8%)3 (4.7%)
Location2 (4.5%)1 (5.3%)3 (4.7%)
To support my own recovery2 (4.5%)1 (5.3%)3 (4.7%)
  1. Notes: Proportions of respondents identifying these elements were significantly different between government and community managed organisation respondents (Pearson’s chi square, p < 0.05). Gov = Participants employed in government services; CMO = Participants employed in community managed organisations. Participants could identify more than one reason. Up to eight reasons could be coded