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Dementia Support Specialists x2 - Newnham & New Town

Dementia Australia
  • Progressive Peak body for Dementia
  • Attractive salary packaging options available
  • 2 x Part-time, fixed term positions until June 2022 based in Tasmania

Dementia Australia is a group of passionate and driven employees, volunteers, advocates and ambassadors working together to make a positive difference. We are amplifying the voices that have been hidden for too long. We are for, and with, people living with dementia. We represent the many experiences of dementia, through one powerful and united voice.

Currently seeking 2 experienced Dementia Support Specialist to join our Client Services team on a fixed term, part-time basis until June 2022. One role is primarily based in Newnham, at 0.7 FTE (3.5 days per week). The other role will be based in New Town at 0.8 FTE (4 days per week). As a qualified Dementia Support Specialist you will provide short-term interventions at key stages of dementia to enhance wellbeing including the delivery of psycho-educational and psycho-social interventions as required to meet individual goals, and maintain quality of life for the person living with dementia, their carers and families.

Reporting directly to the Team Leader Client Services you will also be responsible for:

  • Providing individual and group information and education sessions, to people living with dementia, those with cognitive concerns and/or, their families and carers.
  • Providing support with referrals to diagnostic, health and community support services by utilising local referral systems and supporting clients to navigate the aged care and disability systems as appropriate.
  • Ensuring services are delivered from an enablement perspective, empowering clients to take an active role in directing their own care and services.
  • Documenting all client activity and other appropriate information in line with professional and legal standards.

To be successful in this role you will be a team player, show an absolute commitment to the delivery of high-quality dementia services and support and meet the key selection criteria outlined below.

Key Selection Criteria:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of the impacts of dementia for individuals, carers and their support networks.
  2. Empathic approach and the ability to quickly build rapport with a diverse range of clients.
  3. The ability to work with clients in a goal-directed way, develop care plans and implement practical strategies for clients, problem solve and enable positive outcomes.
  4. Knowledge and experience of group facilitation and group dynamics.
  5. Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills, including the use of active listening and reflective questioning.
  6. Computer literacy across a range of relevant applications, including Microsoft Office and Outlook, webinar and CRM experience.

Qualifications:

  • Formal qualification in a related field of either Social work, allied health, nursing and/or significant experience working with clients in the delivery of a community-based service or within a health-related field.

If you are looking for the next challenge as part of a dynamic team, we would like to hear from you. In return you will be offered a flexible and supportive environment as well as a number of attractive staff benefits. You will be making a difference in the lives of people living with dementia, their families and friends.

Benefits of working at Dementia Australia and the position description can also be found on our website.

For specific role enquiries, please contact Joanne Barker on joanne.barker@dementia.org.au using the subject line: Dementia Support Specialist - Newnham & New Town enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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