Strong Spirit, Strong Elders Community Connector

  • Base/Location:Njernda Medical, 84 Hare Street, Echuca
  • Reports To:Executive Director Health and Aging
  • Hours:37.5 hours per week/Fixed Term To June 30 2025
  • Award:SCHADS Level 3, pay point 4
  • Position Scope:

    The Strong Spirit, Strong Elders, Strong Communities model delivers an interconnected whole of life services to Aboriginal communities. This includes access to activities that promote wellness and community building, inclusivity in a non-judgmental space with respect for dignity, autonomy, kinship, identity, and culture. We offer culturally strong and safe health services, based on a social and cultural determinants model of healthcare.

    Our Njernda Model of Care is aimed at culturally safe environments free of racism and which respects First Nations peoples’ wisdom, and knowledge. Our model of care has been developed by way of co-design, it is a First Nations informed and led program that provides wholistic early intervention activities and incorporates First Nations values and Cultures. Underpinning this model is the Strong Spirit, Strong Elders, Community Connector role which will provide a mix of case coordinator, outreach, and cultural connection support for our elders.

Walk alongside Community Elders and members over the age of 45 to enable ageing well, spiritually, physically, and mentally where reliance on connections to community, identity, person, place, and culture are central.


Organizational Values
Respect Establishing relationships based on respect and trust
Accountability Taking ownership and initiative of Njernda values to ensure trusted collaborations are formed
Resilience Encouraging cultural and spiritual growth to enable personal growth
Advocacy Working to transform the disadvantage and challenge that causes impact on our community
Cultural Sensitivity Welcoming and serving our community with understanding and without judgement


Key Accountabilities:
      • · Case Coordination and Outreach Support
      • · Support access to activities that promote wellness
      • · Culturally Safe care
      • · Provide culturally appropriate care that ensures access that is both respectful and free of racism
      • · Connection to Culture
      • · Ensure cultural connection is an overarching mechanism with everything we do


Key Responsibilities

Case Coordination and Outreach Support:
Support access to activities that promote wellness and community building, that are respectful to kinship, identity, and culture. This will include understanding the Elders’ needs and goals holistically, physically, socially, and culturally connecting them with the services and programs both internally and externally that are required to meet these goals. This support needs to provide a holistic balance in mind; understanding the needs of the client, their family, and their responsibilities, which may include caring for grandchildren according to cultural Lore. Caring responsibilities and connection to whole family through understanding carer connections.

Culturally Safe Care
Cultural knowledge – wrap around services that is inclusive of community, free of racism and addresses impacts of colonialisation. Nurturing respect for the client and an understanding of Koori time and the importance walking alongside as part of the client’s journey. Enabling return to Country as part of wellbeing, utilising knowledge of a spiritual connection to Country. Detailed knowledge of Sorry business for the client, community, family, and self.
Culturally safe ways of care – whole of life approach, deep listening, culturally respectful communication. Understanding the impacts of colonisation and the relation to intergenerational

Connection to Culture 

· Supported in participation in Elders governance where appropriate
· Connection in community
· Passing on of Cultural knowledge
· Reconnection with family
· Returning to Country


Key Selection Criteria

Applicants must possess:

· understand of and commitment to the Aboriginal Community
· understanding and excellent knowledge of the local community
· Connections to the local community
· Good written and verbal communication skills
· Be a respected role model within the community that promotes health and wellness
· Be flexible and willingness to adapt
· Ability to be an strong advocate for community

Commitment to Safety

All children have the right to be children and live free of abuse and neglect, so they can grow, learn, and develop. Everyone within Njernda is responsible for ensuring a culture of child safety; preventing child abuse and abiding by the Child Safety Principles

Qualifications & Experience

Experience in:

· Report writing
· Data entry and analysis (not mandatory but need to have a willingness to learn)
· Experience in a similar role


Other Relevant Information

      • · The successful applicant will be required to undergo satisfactory pre-employment checks, including providing at least two professional referees, completion of a medical declaration, Police Records Check, Working With Children Check, Victorian Driver’s License without restrictions, and proof of identify and qualifications
      • · Commitment to equal opportunity and occupational health and safety principles and practices is required
      • · You will need to disclose any pre-existing illness or injury you know about which could be affected by the described work duties. Under section 82 (7) of the Accident Compensation Act, failure to disclose such a pre-existing illness or injury will mean that, if employed, you will not be paid compensation for that condition.


To be Eligible for an Interview

The Applicant MUST address the Key Selection Criteria and include a recent resume.

Applications should include a covering letter. Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees.

Please check the closing date to ensure your application is received within the specified time.

Address your application marked: “Private & Confidential”

To:            Human Resources Department

                  Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

                  P.O. Box 21 Echuca Vic 3564



All applications close: 14th Jul 2024

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