Project Officer - Small Communities

Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst, Broken Hill or Bourke, |

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a strong involvement in issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The successful applicant must have an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and an ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People. People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Role

Western NSW Primary Health Network (WSNW PHN) is currently seeking a motivated individual who has a passion for primary healthcare and community wellbeing to join our Commissioned Services and Strategic Projects team as Project Officer – Small Communities.

The Project Officer - Small Communities is a senior role responsible for engagement and local support and coordination of the community workers work in the Small Communities Suicide Prevention and Afterhours Crisis Support Trial (the Small Communities Trial).  This is one of Western NSW Primary Health Network’s (WNSW PHN) initiatives for the National Suicide Prevention Trial.

The Small Communities Trial seeks to involve the communities of: Enngonia, Weilmoringle, Goodooga, Lightning Ridge and Collarenebri.  The main aim of the trial is to engage remote communities in the design and delivery of suicide prevention and afterhours crisis support initiatives.  The objectives are to:

  • Seek permission from the Aboriginal Community Working Party (CWP) in each community to be involved in the project;
  • Contract with a suitable organisation in each community to employ a local person two days per week to co-ordinate and complete local initiatives;
    Each community develops a local suicide prevention plan based on the results of consultations;
  • Each community undertakes initiatives in accordance with their plan. They could include community awareness-raising and capacity building events and courses; strengthening of referral pathways and support services from health and welfare organisations; and training courses for workers who deliver support services to the community.
  • Each community collaborates in the design and delivery of the After-Hours Crisis Support component of the trial and participates in relevant training.
  • Under the guidance of the CWP, engage the broader community in consultations to identify local issues and priorities for suicide prevention and afterhours crisis support. Engagement may involve a performance of the play “Out of the Darkness” and a subsequent yarning session facilitated by the Aboriginal script writer, Steven Oliver.

The Project Officer - Small Communities role is required to:

  • Continue the process of engaging and strengthening working relationships with the CWP’s in each community
  • Support the process to identify a suitable organisation to be an employer for a part-time (2 days per week) local worker and support the recruitment of that worker
  • Support the local worker to engage the broader community in the Trial under the guidance of the local CWP
  • Support the local worker to develop and deliver a local suicide prevention plan
  • Support the local worker and community to participate in the design & delivery of initiatives for the delivery of after-hours crisis support and response plan. This may include liaison with local Police, Ambulance and the Local Health District in collaboration with other PHN staff leading that component of the Trial.
  • WNSW PHN has a strong focus and commitment to addressing Aboriginal health inequality across the region and your commitment to the values of improving Aboriginal outcomes is highly valued.

The position location is negotiable. Work will be undertaken across Walgett, Brewarrina and Bourke Shires.

Essential

  • This position has a strong involvement in issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The successful applicant must have an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and an ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People. People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Tertiary qualifications in health, social work, social sciences, community development or community services or relevant field, or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to cultural safety.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to engage with remote Aboriginal communities in a respectful and strengths based manner.
  • Demonstrated high-level information communication technology skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow direction from a supervisor and also to work autonomously when visiting community project sites.
  • Demonstrated project coordination skills and time management skills.
  • Advanced computer skills required for MS Office programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project.

Desirable

  • Experience working in suicide prevention and mental health promotion, particularly in community development roles in rural and remote communities.
  • An understanding of individual, community and population level factors that may increase risk of suicide generally and in particular, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Previous experience working as part of a project team.
Starting date: 
Monday, July 27, 2020
Closing date: 
Monday, August 10, 2020
Organisation: 
Western NSW Primary Health Network
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