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Aboriginal Sexual Assault Counsellor

NSW Government - North Bondi, NSW

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin


Employment Type: Permanent Part Time
Position Classification: Social Worker Level 3, Counsellor Level 3 or Psychologist
Remuneration: Dependant on qualifications and experience
Hours Per Week: 20
Requisition ID: REQ224392

Aboriginal Sexual Assault Counsellor
Taree Sexual Assault Service

This position is identified for Aboriginal people and exemption is claimed under Section 14d of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. Applicants must be female under Section 31 (2) (h) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

This is a Social Worker Level 3, Counsellor Level 3 or Psychologist position. However, if there are no appropriate Level 3 applicants, applications from Level 1 and 2 will be considered. The selection criteria reflects the requirements for a Level 3 applicant. Responses from Level 1 or 2 applicants need to demonstrate their level of competence with regard to the same criteria and their ability to work towards Level 3. The expected performance of the incumbent will be commensurate with his/her years of experience and current level at commencement of appointment. The incumbent will work towards meeting the criteria for Level 3.

Taree Sexual Assault Service is seeking to employ a resilient professional to provide Sexual Assault counselling for individuals, families and groups who have had a recent or past sexual assault. You will liaise between the Sexual Assault service and the local Aboriginal Community to help ensure we are meeting the needs of Aboriginal clients and that we are providing culturally sensitive care at all times.

About the opportunity:
The Aboriginal Sexual Assault Counsellor is responsible for providing counselling, individual and group work to victims of sexual assault and collaborating with non-Aboriginal service providers to build the cultural competency of our service responses to sexual assault. You will also be responsible for assisting our service to partner with the local Aboriginal community, build relationships, and provide education on sexual violence, domestic violence and child protection.

This position plays a pivotal role within the Sexual Assault service in facilitating the delivery of culturally appropriate services that meet the needs of Aboriginal clients. In this role, you will act as a cultural advisor and key link between our service and local Aboriginal Communities to enable two-way understanding to ensure both the cultural, support and counselling needs of Aboriginal clients as well as community, are met.

About the Team:
As the Aboriginal Sexual Assault Counsellor, you will work closely with non-aboriginal sexual assault counsellors in the Sexual Assault team as well as members of the broader Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Women’s Services team which include Child protection counsellors, Joint Child Protection Response Health Clinician and Women’s Health nurses. This is a supportive and welcoming team where we value openness and working together. As part of the team you will be supported with access to individual supervision, peer supervision, team building sessions and the broader Aboriginal Violence, Abuse Neglect (VAN) Services network. You will also work alongside a number of Aboriginal Health Workers, Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers and Aboriginal Mental Health trainee’s working in Taree and Forster Health services and will partner with Aboriginal Medical Services in Taree and Forster including Biripi AMS and Tobwabba AMS.

Where you'll be working:
The position is based at Taree Community Health Centre which is part of the Lower Mid North Coast (LMNC) Sector and is located next to the Manning Base Hospital. This is Biripi Country. At times you also might be required to travel to Forster or Gloucester Community Health centres which are also part of our LMNC sector. In Forster and Gloucester you will be working on Worimi Country. We value and continue to strive to provide health services to the local Biripi and Worimi people that embrace their culture and recognise the importance of health services to their wellbeing.

What we can offer you:
Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) is a great place to expand your career and grow your skills and knowledge. As a recognised leader in the healthcare industry we provide a range of public health services to the Hunter, New England and Lower Mid North Coast. Being the largest employer in the region we can offer salary packaging options, educational opportunities and support from a broad network of health professionals. With CORE Values of Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment your professional life is provided every opportunity to succeed and develop in your chosen profession. Working with HNE Health gives you access to a great range of benefits:

  • Sustainable Healthcare: Together towards zero

  • Superannuation contributions

  • Salary packaging options

  • Fitness Passport

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for staff and family members

  • Opportunity to work and collaborate with a range of non-clinical and clinical professionals

An eligibility list will be created for future permanent part time and temporary full/part time vacancies.

To be eligible for employment in these roles you must be: an Australian Citizen, or a permanent resident of Australia, or a New Zealand citizen with a current New Zealand Passport, or a citizen of another country with an appropriate visa that allows you to work in Australia.
If you currently hold a temporary visa that allows you to live and work in Australia you may only be offered employment in line with the conditions and expiry date of your visa.

Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specific Diseases
If you are applying for a Category ‘A’ position, please read and understand NSW Health policy directive PD2018_009. All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in this policy

Selection Criteria
Please address the selection criteria for this position as thoroughly as possible so your application can be considered for the role. For assistance with selection criteria, please visit: http://bit.ly/HNE_Job_Application_Guide
Candidates will be assessed against the Essential Requirements and Selection Criteria for this position. Please ensure you read the position description (link in advertisement below) prior to submitting an application. Candidates invited to interview will need to bring originals of qualifications or licenses required for the position for sighting by the panel.

Salary Packaging
Salary packaging is beneficial to most Hunter New England Health staff. You can potentially salary package a range of your personal expenses including but not limited to novated motor vehicle lease, relocation expenses and HECS/HELP debt. Find out more information by contacting SalaryPackagingPLUS! via email at [email protected] or on 1300 40 25 23.

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For role related queries or questions contact Lynese Robinson on [email protected]

Applications Close: 16th June 2021

North Bondi, NSW

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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