Working Together for Health**

  • Base/Location:Njernda Aboriginal Corporation, 84 Hare Street, Echuca
  • Reports To:Health & Wellbeing Services Manager  
  • Hours:Full-time (37.5 hour week) Fixed Term for 18 months
  • Award:Health Services Union of Australia (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Services) Award 2020. Grade 6 Level 5 to Grade 7 Level 2 depending on qualifications or experience
  • Position Scope:

    Working collectively to take a coordinated approach to delivering culturally safe prevention and early detection services to Aboriginal Victorians, particularly in relation to smoking, cancer prevention and screening, sexual health, eye health and oral health. WTFH aims to ensure that prevention and early detection effort is delivered in a comprehensive, coordinated, and effective manner.  It supports a systematic, proactive, and sustainable approach to prevention and early detection.

**This is an “Indigenous Only” role under Special Measures of the EEO Act 2010, Section 12.

 

Organisational Values
  • CULTURAL SENSITIVITY – Welcoming and serving our community with understanding and without judgment
  • RESPECT – Establishing relationships based on respect and trust
  • ADVOCACY – Working to transform the disadvantaged and challenge the causes that impact on our community
  • RESILIENCE – Encouraging cultural and spiritual growth to enable personal growth
  • ACCOUNTABILITY – taking ownership and initiative of Njernda values to ensure trusted collaborations are formed

 

Organisational Context:

We are an Aboriginal Community Controlled, multidisciplinary health service offering a range of primary care services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of Robinvale. We employ Doctors, Nurses, Aboriginal health workers, midwives, maternal child health nurses and allied health providers to deliver the full range of services to manage the health of our community.  We are an accredited practice and a member of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), reflecting our commitment to community control and empowerment

 

Work Environment:

Our aim is to give our clients the highest possible quality of care, by ensuring excellence in all aspects of our Health Service. We endeavour to provide clients with the best and most current treatments, methods, materials, and equipment within our resource capabilities to ensure that the clients receive the high quality of service they have come to expect. We believe that clients come first. Teamwork is highly valued and encouraged within the Health Service to promote a harmonious and productive environment. We hold great importance in ethical and responsible behaviour as essential to maintain the trust and loyalty of our clients and staff. Our health service philosophy includes ensuring our programs are conducted according to Aboriginal principles and priorities while following good practices and accountability.

We work collectively with ‘Working Together for Health’ (WTFH) initiative of DHHS and take a coordinated approach to delivering culturally safe prevention and early detection services to Aboriginal Victorians, particularly in relation to smoking, cancer prevention and screening, sexual health, eye health and oral health. WTFH aims to ensure that prevention and early detection effort is delivered in a comprehensive, coordinated, and effective manner.  It supports a systematic, proactive, and sustainable approach to prevention and early detection.

A WTFH Regional Coordinator is co-located at BDAC and DHHS and supports WTFH funded Prevention and Health Promotion Coordinator, as well as supporting health promotion more generally in the region.

As a regional project WTFH is part of a suite of activities auspice by Loddon Mallee Aboriginal Reference Group (LMARG).

LMARG is a forum comprised of member Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs), formed in 1997 from the Loddon Mallee Region of northwest Victoria.  LMARG works to improve the health and social outcomes of Aboriginal communities in the LMARG catchment through the development of regional priorities and targeted services.

Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behaviour towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions.

The Working Together for Health employee will work to meet the objectives of Njernda’s Prevention and Promotion Health plan in line with the Agreed Working Together for Health priorities to achieve the following responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement initiatives to support the promotion and use of Community Health Checks (MBS 715)
  • Develop and support prevention systems and health promotion activities in the following priority areas:
    • smoking cessation
    • cancer prevention and screening
    • sexual health
    • oral health
    • eye health
  • Actively work to build prevention as an integral part of core service delivery.
  • Work with LMARG’s Working Together for Health Regional Coordinator, to implement the agreed Prevention Plan and Working Together for Health initiatives.
  • Support other activities that align with WTFH priority areas, including, but not limited, to sub-regional Aboriginal eye health advisory group and oral health activities.
  • Use of clinical data systems to establish activities and interventions.
  • Participation in VACCHO Advisory Group initiatives where aligned with WTFH priority issues
  • Work in a productive and positive manner with a diversity of internal and external stakeholders and partners.
  • Participate in Healthy Communities Network meetings.
  • Participate in other relevant networks as directed g., DHHS Population Health Network, CERSH sexual health network meetings
  • Participate in VACCHO six monthly dashboard reporting cycles
  • Submit regular reports (written and verbal) to the WTFH Regional Coordinator.
  • Submit reports to CEO for LMARG and other stakeholders / funding bodies as required.
  • Attend and participate in meetings arranged with, stakeholders, staff and other community as requested
  • Adhere to legislative requirements
  • Participate in Continuous Quality Improvement activities
 Key Selection Criteria:

 Experience, and Competencies

  • Health promotion: Demonstrated knowledge of the health promotion principles, practices and key frameworks, knowledge of the determinants of health and an understanding of evidence-based practice.
  • Partnerships and Collaboration: Works collaboratively with other Aboriginal and mainstream organisations in formal and informal partnerships to achieve mutually agreed client /community outcomes.
  • Program Development: Contributes to program development and implements project plans.
  • Written and Verbal Communication: Prepares accurate documents and reports that meet audience needs. Communicates clear, culturally appropriate, respectful, and consistent messages to staff, clients and community members.
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal Community: Builds knowledge of client/community issues and requirements to improve practice.
  • Achieving Results: Understands roles and responsibilities, has an ability to fulfil work requirements and achieves program/performance targets.
  • Time Management: Manages time and uses tools effectively to assist with planning and organising even when faced with changing priorities.
  • Initiative: Within a cultural context takes initiative and supports others to look for innovative ways to improve practice and service delivery.
  • Technology: uses technology and software applications effectively in relation to task requirements.

Desirable

  • Experience data analysis interpretation, and reporting
  • Experience in using clinical software – Communicare
  • Experience in evaluation and ‘plan do study’ act cycles.

Education, Training and/or Competencies:

  • A tertiary qualification / or relevant professional experience in the areas of: Health Promotion, Population Health, Health Science, Public Health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health or related field.

 Conditions of Employment:

  • Must pass Criminal Police Records Check.
  • Must pass Working with Children’s Check.
  • Must hold current Driver’s Licence.
  • This position may require some travel.

 All applications must address the key selection criteria and include a recent resume

 Address your application marked: “Private & Confidential

To:Corporate Services Manager

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

34 Annesley St, Echuca Vic 3564

PO Box 201, Echuca Vic 3564

Email jobs@njernda.com.au

Applications close:   Monday 31st January 2022 12.00 noon.

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All applications close: 31st Jan 2022

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