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Aboriginal Mental Health Support Worker - Central Coast NSW

  • 499051
  • Aboriginal Identified/Targeted Positions
  • Youth and Families - Casework
  • Youth and Families - Community Development and Engagement
  • Youth and Families - Coordinator
  • Youth and Families - Practice, Quality and Support
  • Full time closed period contract

Uniting Community Living Supports (CLS) in Tuggerah Central Coast support those living with severe mental health challenges that impact their daily lives. The program can work with thse consumers in the community from the age of 16 to develop a plan that supports you to live and participate in your community, the way you want to.

  • Full time position in Tuggerah
  • Opportunity to promote hope & recovery in people's lives
  • SCHADS Lev 2 + Super +Generous Salary packaging benefits

Role Overview:

This role is responsible for supporting the development and monitoring of individualised recovery plans to best support consumers reach their recovery goals. The Aboriginal Mental Health Support Worker will also establish links with Aboriginal communities and individuals within the Local Health District and Primary Health Network, identifying barriers and solutions for local Aboriginal individuals and communities. This position will support programs to develop and maintain culturally appropriate and safe policies and practices.

As the Aboriginal Mental Health Support Worker, your role specifically will include but is not limited to:
• Assist with monitoring consumers and the development of individual recovery plans based on individual recovery goals.
• Assist with monitoring and reviewing of consumer recovery plans, in partnership with carers, family members, clinicians, and community organisations.
• Liaise with specialists, including local Aboriginal services and community groups, to ensure consumers receive timely and relevant support, information and referrals.

Essential Criteria: 

Qualifications:

  • Certificate IV in Community Services, Mental Health, Peer Work, or equivalent and relevant to the field of work.
  • Identifies as an Australian Aboriginal person, and able to provide appropriate evidence of Aboriginal identity that satisfies the accepted statutory definition of an Australian person.

Experience:

Typically, this role will require one (1) or more years’ experience in your field of expertise. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be organised, systematic, thorough, accurate and disciplined.  You will be continuing to develop in your area of expertise and be expected to provide innovative ideas to solve problems in your discipline. It is expected that you will possess good skills at navigating a complex organisation, forging relationships, and managing through influence rather than direct authority as required.

  • Demonstrated links with the Aboriginal community.
  • The ability to engage, make and maintain new and existing connections to Aboriginal community.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dates for celebration and memorial.
  • Knowledge of government policies and practices and the ongoing impact of colonisation on Aboriginal people and community.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community structures (factions, family groups, traditional owners, key elders).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cultural protocols (for example, Welcome to country)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or willingness to learn of Aboriginal organisations and services in the local area.
  • Knowledge and connection to Aboriginal people, culture and community.
  • Understanding of the challenges facing Aboriginal communities and young people, trauma, and the intergenerational affect.
  • Ability and commitment to work with consumers, health workers, the community and community organisations.
  • Understanding of issues and concerns affecting mental health consumers with a working knowledge of and commitment to consumers rights and responsibilities.
  • Understanding and practical knowledge of the implementation of the core principles and philosophies of the Australian mental health consumer movement and recovery-oriented practice.
  • Ability to provide individualised psychosocial support to people living with severe and persistent mental illness.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop individual support plans with consumers, with a focus on supporting consumers reach their recovery goals.

To Apply, click the Apply button & attach your Resume and Cover Letter addressing the Position criteria.

Benefits & culture

As an organisation we celebrate our diversity and welcome all people regardless of ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from a diverse cultural background are encouraged to apply. 

  • Salary packaging entitlements
  • Ongoing training & development, including cultural awareness training
  • Career development opportunities

At Uniting we believe vaccination to be the best way to keep our employees and clients safe from COVID-19.  We require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

Enquiries to Talent Acquisition Specialist Rose Rivera on rrivera@uniting.org or 0438 206 164.  Ref 499051

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