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Support Coordinator


Employer: Woden Community Service Inc.
Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: Family Services, Mental Health & Counselling, Social Work
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Canberra & ACT

Job posted on: 09 January, 2017.
Applications close: 22 January, 2017.

  • The Way Back Support Service 
  • Fixed Term Part-Time Position (30 Hours/week) – until July 2018
  • $63,706.21 – 66,819.15 (plus 9.5% superannuation)
  • Ability to salary package up to $15,899

Woden Community Service, in collaboration with ACT Health, beyondblue and local service providers, is offering an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative suicide prevention trial project.

The Way Back Support Service (ACT) is a beyondblue initiative funded by ACT Health. It is designed to support continuity of care by providing non-clinical, assertive outreach, follow-up care and practical support to individuals directly after a suicide attempt.

The position

The primary purpose of the Support Coordinator is to provide non-clinical care and practical support to individuals in the first 3 months following a suicide attempt. In particular the Support Coordinator will:

  • Engage participation in The Way Back ACT, with a particular focus on men and other high risk groups;
  • Provide support in the first 3 months following a suicide attempt to assist an individual to stay safe and connect with essential services;
  • Identify needs and link families to appropriate services, resources and supports;
  • Work collaboratively with existing services including hospitals;
  • Complement current service provision by supporting attendance and reducing burden for follow-up care and support.

To be considered for this role you must address the following selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated ability to build supportive and respectful relationships with people experiencing distress, including family members and carers.
  • Demonstrated experience in, and sound understanding of the personal, family and social issues associated with suicidal ideation and attempts, including with groups identified to be at increased risk of suicide or experiencing a suicidal crisis.
  • An understanding and demonstrated awareness of strength-based, solution focused and recovery approaches.
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills, knowledge and experience in providing direct and personalised assistance through non-clinical outreach services for people experiencing distress following a suicide attempt, their families and carers
  • Experience liaising with service providers including hospitals, mental health services, GP’s and community based services and organisations.
  • Competence with technology to co-ordinate client care and to ensure reporting requirements are gathered for governance and contract reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a small team and a willingness to participate in reflective practice.
  • A relevant qualification in Mental Health or Social Services and relevant training and experience is required.

A full position description is attached below.

How to apply for this job

Please send your resume and responses to the selection criteria to careers@wcs.org.au using the subject line: Support Coordinator application via EthicalJobs, by COB 22 January 2017. For a full description of this role please visit our website at www.wcs.org.au. If you would like to discuss this vacancy further, please contact Prue Gleeson on (02) 6221 9511.

Supporting materials  Wayback Support Coordinator.pdf