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Aboriginal Peer Support Worker, Alternative To Emergency Department - Tweed

Northern NSW Local Health District - North Bondi, NSW

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work
Source: uWorkin


Employment Type: Temporary Part Time (up to 74 weeks)
Position Classification: Health Education Officer
Remuneration: $27.33 - $51.34 per hour dependent on qualifications 
Hours Per Week: 14.5
Requisition ID: REQ211247

The Suicide Prevention Outreach Team (SPOT) is a NSW Health initiative that aims to reduce deaths by suicide and suicide attempts. The Aboriginal Peer Worker will work in a team to provide holistic recovery-oriented, trauma-informed and evidence-based rapid crisis support to people experiencing suicidality. This may include crisis response with internal or external agencies.

Peer Support Workers are integral members of the team and draw on their lived experience of recovery from suicidality to provide authentic engagement and support and instil confidence and hope in others about the journey of recovery.

The Aboriginal Peer Support Worker will provide holistic non-clinical support with a cultural focus to people experiencing suicidality, and engage with the local Aboriginal community, leaders, people with lived experience and Aboriginal support services to achieve better access to health services and better outcomes for Aboriginal people at risk of suicide.

Why you should consider applying

We can offer you:

  • Diverse career pathways
  • Professional and personal development
  • Help with further study and education
  • Flexible and supportive work environment
  • Opportunities to start or build a career, or re-enter the workforce
  • Challenging, inspiring and rewarding roles, and
  • The opportunity to make a difference!

Tired of big cities? Want to start your days sitting on your deck in the sun, enjoying a cup of coffee and listening to the birds? Or would you rather have a surf or a walk along the sand before work? Wonderful beaches, world heritage-listed national parks, hinterland villages, great food and fine wine, excellent private and public schools, warm and friendly staff are all waiting for you on the North Coast.

Where you’ll be working

The Tweed Valley is a subtropical oasis encompassing the rugged terrain of Wollumbin National Park, arty riverside villages, historic coastal towns and the gateway to the Gold Coast.

Northern NSW Local Health District embraces the diverse skills and perspectives that our people bring to the workplace. We foster inclusiveness and diversity to help us deliver quality care to our community.

Applicants must be of Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander descent. Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised by section 14(d) of the Anti- Discrimination Act 1977. For help with your application to this role visit Stepping Up, our online recruitment resource for Aboriginal people.

  • Please note, to apply for this position you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or be able to independently, legally live and work in Australia. For more information please see www.border.gov.au
  • A current valid NSW Working With Children Check is a requirement of this position. Visit https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/ for more information.
  •  An applicant's race is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under Section 14(d) of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

Selection criteria

  1. Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent (Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised by section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1997).
  2. Qualifications in mental health, community services or peer work (or a willingness to work towards same) OR at least years 3 full-time equivalent experience in a mental health peer worker role and/or Aboriginal support worker role or similar within public mental health or alcohol and other drug service or the non-government sector.
  3. A personal lived experience of suicidality and demonstrated understanding of your own recovery process with capacity to build relationships based on trust and rapport whilst maintaining appropriate boundaries.
  4. Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to person-led recovery principles and trauma informed care within the Aboriginal community context, with the ability to utilise your own lived experience of suicidality and recovery, to constructively support and advocate for people during suicidal crisis and recovery.
  5. Understanding of the suicide prevention sector and ability to utilise appropriate suicide prevention support such as crisis response, safety planning and risk management strategies.
  6. Demonstrated effective negotiation, time management and written and verbal communication skills, including the use of computers.
  7. Demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively with people accessing the service, families and carers, colleagues, other NSW Health personnel and other stakeholders, applying attributes such as courage, integrity, optimism and humour.
  8. Valid unrestricted drivers licence for use in NSW/Australia and willingness to travel in the course of employment and willingness to work out of hours and on weekends.

Need more information?
1) Click here for the Position Description
2) Find out more about applying for this position
For role related queries or questions contact Amie Dutton on [email protected]

Applications Close: 02 March 2021

North Bondi, NSW

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work


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