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Aboriginal Practice Leader - The Orange Door - Bendigo

Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-op

About BDAC

BDAC is an ACCO (Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation) registered as a member under the umbrella of VACCHO (Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation) and represented nationally through NACCHO (National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation).

BDAC was founded to represent and provide services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living on Djaara Country.

BDAC has a responsibility to ensure growth of services, development of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, better and improved health outcomes for our people, improved quality of life and be a lead agency in providing self-determination employment and career pathways for Aboriginal people.

What We Are Offering

  • Access to Salary Packaging
  • 11% Superannuation
  • Supportive work environment
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities

Role of The Orange Door

The Orange Door will deliver a fundamental change to the way we work with women, children and families, and men. The role of The Orange Door is to provide:

  • a more visible contact point so that people know where to go for specialist support
  • help for people to identify family violence and child and family safety and wellbeing issues
  • advice based on contemporary risk assessment tools and guidance and best available information
  • specialist support and tailored advice for victims, families and children, and perpetrators
  • a strong focus on perpetrator accountability
  • connection and coordination of access to support
  • an approach across the spectrum of prevention, early intervention and response
  • a system-wide view of service capacity, client experience and outcomes.

The Orange Door will support the agency of women, children and families, to ensure that the services they receive meet their needs and their goals.

About the Position

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Identified position.

The Aboriginal Practice Leader provides guidance, mentoring and skill development of Hub practitioners and team leaders in working with Aboriginal children, families and individuals.

The APL will be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, with extensive experience in child wellbeing and/or family violence practice. They will be able to bring their Cultural knowledge to ensure practice and procedures are Culturally informed throughout Loddon Door Operations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leading and supporting culturally safe and responsive practice in The Orange Door with Aboriginal children, families and perpetrators by:
    • (a) Providing specialist secondary case consultation and technical input on complex family violence and child and family cases and perpetrator interventions
    • (b) Co-working and providing daily specialist practice support for the Aboriginal Hub Practitioner and (as requested and required) for team leaders
    • (c) Where appropriate, jointly managing a small caseload of complex and/or sensitive cases
    • (d) Working with Orange Door team leaders, Aboriginal Services, community and cultural leaders to identify and resolve clinical and practice issues as they arise
    • (e) Operating with autonomy and accountability in supporting Aboriginal children, families and perpetrators.
  • Leading, mentoring and developing Hub practitioners and team leaders in working with Aboriginal children, families and perpetrators:
    • (a) Building capability of Hub practitioners to deliver culturally competent responses to victim survivors, children and families and perpetrators, informed by client experience and in line with the Integrated Practice Framework and relevant legislative frameworks (including (including the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 and Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005)
    • (b) Providing practitioners with relevant information and access to systems to support safe and effective responses to Aboriginal children and families as part of an integrated practice approach
    • (c) Modelling integrated practice approaches and behaviours integral to ethical clinical practice working with Aboriginal children and families
    • (d) Supporting professional development of practitioners in partnership with other practice leaders, Family Safety Victoria, Aboriginal services, CSOs, DHHS, and other local workforce and training planning initiatives
    • (e) Sharing practice knowledge on Aboriginal approaches to holistic healing and whole of family practices
    • (f) Contributing to reflective practice for The Orange Door team in particular in relation to working effectively with Aboriginal people.
  • Building the cultural safety of The Orange Door and supporting choice and self-determination of Aboriginal people.
  • Liaising with and providing specialist or secondary consultation to organisations and services within The Orange Door network in order to discuss direct service issues for Aboriginal people accessing services through The Orange Door.
  • Working with local Aboriginal governance groups to provide connection between Aboriginal services, communities and The Orange Door.
  • Supporting system and service improvement by:
    • (a) Implementing systems and procedures to guide specialist practice responses working with Aboriginal children and families
    • (b) Working in partnership with the Hub Manager, team leaders, and other partner agency managers where appropriate, to foster high quality service for Aboriginal people
    • (c) Providing sound judgement and authoritative advice on risks, priorities, clinical and practice matters to The Orange Door team and where relevant the Hub Manager and/or relevant Hub governance groups
    • (d) Participating in communities of practice with Aboriginal Practice Leaders across the Victorian Orange Door network.

About You

The Aboriginal Practice Leader must identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

  • Strong knowledge of Aboriginal culture, aspirations and self-determination: has a strong understanding of the local service delivery environment for Aboriginal children and families and communities in the local area.
  • Strong analytical, organisational and coordinating skills. Effectiveness in developing tasks and managing resources to achieve targets within set timeframes.
  • Works collaboratively to drive cultural change: has a clear concept of the culture required to deliver effective, culturally safe and responsive services for Aboriginal people within an integrated practice context; delivers innovative practices that enhance quality outcomes for Aboriginal people; understands how to build and establish effective support networks.
  • Relevant qualifications and/or expert knowledge and experience within Aboriginal services: has established expertise and capability to lead and embed culturally safe and responsive practice as part of an integrated service model of collaborative service delivery and quality clinical practice in the Hubs; has highly developed negotiation and relationship building skills; understands the role of the law and legal system in the context of responding to family violence and child wellbeing; has knowledge of practice with Aboriginal women, children, families, victims and perpetrators of family violence.
  • Relationship building: establishes and maintains relationships with people at all levels; promotes harmony and consensus through diplomatic handling of disagreements; forges useful partnerships with people across business areas, functions and organisations; builds trust through consistent actions, values and communication; minimises surprises.
  • Initiative and accountability: proactive and self-starting; seizes opportunities and acts upon them; takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Teamwork: cooperates and works well with others in pursuit of team goals, collaborates and shares information, shows consideration, concern and respect for others feelings and ideas, accommodates and works well with the different working styles of others, encourages resolution of conflict within the group.

Preferred / Desired / Mandatory Education, Training and/or Competencies:

  • A recognised Social Work Degree or Community Services qualification, and/or extensive relevant work experience will be highly regarded.
  • If not qualified, a willingness to complete further study with BDAC’s support to meet Mandatory Minimum Qualifications (Rec. 209 from the Royal Commission into Family Violence)

How to Apply

If this role sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, then please apply by providing your resume and a cover letter entailing how you suit the role prior to the closing date.

Mandatory Requirements

Should an applicant be the preferred candidate, background checks (Police check, reference check and Working with Children's Check) will be completed prior to the candidate’s employment being confirmed.

For more information about this position, please contact our human resources team on (03) 5442 4947, or email [email protected], using the subject line: Aboriginal Practice Leader - The Orange Door - Bendigo enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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