Social Worker – Mental Health

  • 1 x Full Time
  • Ongoing Term
  • Identified Position*
  • Shoalhaven region

The Mental Health Social Worker will work as part of a responsive and dedicated multi-disciplinary team to provide mental health focused social work services and programs to Aboriginal people residing in the Shoalhaven Aboriginal communities.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 
26 May 2017

The purpose of the position is to promote recovery, restore individual, family, and community wellbeing, to enhance development of each individual’s power and control over their lives, and to advance principles of social justice.

The Mental Health Social Worker will work as part of a responsive and dedicated multi-disciplinary team to provide mental health focused social work services and programs to Aboriginal people residing in the Shoalhaven Aboriginal communities. This will include promoting the service and working in partnership with relevant stakeholders in providing culturally appropriate social work services and programs that improves community safety, mental health and wellbeing.

The position will be required to work closely with a broad range of SCMSAC services including GP’s, registered nurses, health Workers, psychologists and caseworkers to provide specialised consultation and assessment, crisis interventions, short term counselling, referral, and advocacy services as necessary for individuals, families and groups. The position holder will be required to provide direct client service delivery to families and individuals and facilitate a range of programs to improve the lives of local Aboriginal people and communities.

KEY COMPETENCIES

Essential Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills:

  • A sound knowledge of Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander communities and relevant organisations within Shoalhaven and have demonstrated understanding of mental health and social wellbeing issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Current Social Worker registration or tertiary qualifications in Social Work from an accredited course providing eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
  • Ability to provide bio-psychosocial assessments, case plans and social work interventions.
  • Demonstrated experience in the delivery of mental health related case management or counselling services including relevant tertiary qualifications.
  • Ability to develop, implement and evaluate health related programs, training and community development strategies.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills including the ability to manage time effectively and efficiently using personal and technical skills, including establishing priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Computer proficiency and the ability to use basic computer programs and client information and data management systems, including the capacity to write reports, collect statistical data and conduct research.
  • Knowledge and commitment to policy, practice and legislation of child protection including Workplace Health & Safety, Equal Employment Opportunity and how they apply in the workplace.
  • Current NSW Driver’s License and willingness to travel overnight in regional and interstate areas if required.

DESIRABLE:

  • Aboriginality or experience working with Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL VACANCIES

Applications must address the key competencies (selection criteria):  For an Information Package containing position description, selection criteria and an employment application, please contact Human Resources via email hr@southcoastams.org.au or call 02 4448 0200.

Preferred applicants will also be required to undergo a National Police Check and obtain a new paid employee Working with Children Check (as required by the Act) prior to appointment with South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation.

Salary will be in accordance with the South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation Enterprise Agreement 2012 – 2015.

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