SSPA Parent Peer Network Program
Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services; www.dss.gov.au
SSPA is in the process of strengthening our current Parent Representative Network with assistance from the above funding. Parent Representatives will be supported through the Professional Advisory Board (PAB) Liaison Officer and SSPA PAB health professionals; Genetic counsellors and psychologists who will meet quarterly online with the Parent Representatives to support them in the role, provide advice, information, resources etc.
Parent Peer Support Volunteers will need to commit to at least 2 hrs quarterly for online meetings and be willing to take calls/messages from parents of a short statured child (whether newly diagnosed or older), in order to connect and communicate with them.
Ideally our volunteers are be able to:
- Share experience and practical knowledge of rearing a child with short stature
- Convey hope and support to the new parents
- Listen openly and be a good sounding board
- Value diversity of perspectives and be non-judgemental
- Create social contact and connections
- Show genuine commitment to achieving a fulfilling peer support experience.
Dr Jenny Ault – talks about the benefits for new parents speaking with a Parent Representative
If you are interested to be part of the Parent Peer Support Network, please fill out the Expression of interest form via the link below and email to Maree at [email protected] telling us about yourself and why you would like to be in this volunteer role.