Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Worker

Melbourne, Australia

Reference: 5988770

So why cohealth?

At cohealth, we're passionate about human rights and health equity. We strive to have a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community we're serving, as we know that makes us a stronger and better performing organisation.

We value people of all experiences and identities, including all cultural backgrounds, faiths, gender identities, sexualities and abilities. Our inclusive workplace culture enables staff to bring their whole selves to work, where uniqueness is valued, and people experience a feeling of belonging.

We're committed to enabling staff's full participation through promoting workplace flexibility and the provision of reasonable adjustments for staff that require modifications.

About the role

This position sits within the AOD and Homelessness Cluster. The Cluster delivers value-based care through codesign and by developing the capacity and capability for teams to work to the top of their scope of practice and in self-organising ways.

The AOD and Homelessness Cluster aims to improve the health, wellbeing, housing and social outcomes of people who use alcohol and other drugs and/or those experiencing homelessness in the Inner North West of Melbourne. The Cluster delivers a human rights approach to health care which reduces harms, is trauma informed, consumer directed, holistic, recovery and strengths based

This is an identified position, therefore only Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Worker engages and develops relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with complex physical health and social support needs who face significant barriers to accessing services. The support provided to the client group includes engagement, intake, assessment, interim response and service linkages, case management, care planning with tailored psychosocial and health supports to individuals and discharge planning both through site based and assertive outreach activities

The primary responsibilities of the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Engagement Worker are to:

  • Work together with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to participate in community engagement activities
  • Participate in outreach activities within a multidisciplinary team
  • Link individuals into appropriate ongoing community services, including culturally specific, mental health, social support and health services
  • Act as an advocate for individual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients/groups of clients as appropriate particularly for those who are homeless and /or have complex health and social wellness needs
  • Maintain accurate client records and fulfill organisational reporting requirements

​Additional information can be obtained from the attached position description.

Key selection criteria can be discussed over the phone with the hiring manager:

  • Must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Upon confirmation of employment, we will require a Confirmation of Aboriginality
  • Case management and casework experience with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients
  • An understanding of what's important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by crime
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Highly developed work organisation skills with the capacity to prioritise competing demands
  • Demonstrated information technology and computer skills; and
  • A current Victorian Driver's License.

Why join us?

As part of our team, you will thrive through a culture of professional growth, workplace flexibility and staff health & wellbeing initiatives, a flexible roster and hours to provide a work-life balance

For further job-related information please do not hesitate to contact Jill Tejada 0477 746 540/ Danny Jeffcote on 0407 324 580 or email jill.tejada@cohealth.org.au or head to our careers page for other related opportunities within cohealth

Applications Close: 30 Jun 2023