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Peer Support Australia has its origins in 1973 following the death of a student in Sydney from a drug overdose.
The late founder of Peer Support Australia, Elizabeth Campbell (pictured below), who was the health educator for the area, counselled the school community and discovered the students knew more about what was going on in that student’s life than the staff, but they didn’t have the skills to support each other at the time.
Thus the idea of peer-led programs was born, and the Peer Support Foundation was established some ten years later in 1983.
Peer Support Australia was established five years ago when the Program expanded its reach nationally. Today The Peer Support Program is implemented in 1000 around Australia and impacts approximately 500,000 students each year.