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Lived Experience Workers - Eastern Melbourne Preventative Health Initiative

Neami National

“Full citizenship for all people living with a mental illness in Australian society”

About the Role

  • Full Time and Part Time roles available
  • $64,363 - $69,031 p.a (pro rata) + Super + Salary Packaging + Employee benefits!
  • Maximum Term Contract until 30 June 2022
  • Flexible office location; travel required to Inner East, Outer East and Northern areas of Melbourne
  • May be required to work evening on occasion
  • Work from home options available!

Preventative Health Initiative(PHI)

The Preventative Health Initiative is a Neami National Service funded by the Australian Government under the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network. Preventative Health Initiative provides individualised and tailored support to help people who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health issues improve their physical health. The service also delivers capacity building activities to develop practitioners’ capacity to respond to the physical health needs of people experiencing mental health issues.

We provide short-term (up to six months) whole-of-person care to help people improve their physical health, build confidence and health literacy, and overcome exiting barriers to engaging with preventative health services. The service has five key focus areas: breast cancer screening, cervical cancer screening, bowel cancer screening, smoking cessation, and Influenza immunisation.

Lived Experience Workers (LEW) are integral members of the team and draw on their lived experience of recovery from mental illness, to in still confidence and hope in others about the journey of recovery. LEWs will make use of their lived experience to review workforce development training materials to ensure this important narrative informs activities. You will facilitate groups designed to support physical health and mental health outcomes.

Core duties

  • Engage consumers and develop trusting and professional relationships
  • Intensive case management support to people
  • Referral and linkage to relevant support services
  • Secondary Consultation
  • Collect, collate and maintain data on consumer contact

What will you bring to the role?

  • Lived Experience of mental health
  • Experience in working with people with a psychiatric disability and complex presentations
  • Extensive experience in working with homelessness
  • A clear ability to work within and to develop strong collaborative relationships
  • Extensive experience and the ability to engage consumers and carers in a positive manner
  • The ability to set and maintain clear professional boundaries
  • A commitment to consumers’ rights and to consumers’ active participation in planning their service
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of the recovery model
  • Computer skills

Mandatory requirements:

  • Current Victorian Working with Children Check
  • Australian Working Rights
  • Drivers licence
  • Police check (refer to PD) – disclosable outcomes considered
  • Car available for business use, if required
  • A Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme (DWES) Check will be undertaken prior to commencement

About Neami National

Neami National is a community mental health service supporting people living with mental illness to improve their health, live independently and pursue a life based on their own strengths, values and goals.

In our most recent Staff Engagement Survey, 89% of our Staff recommend Neami as a great place to work, with 87% of staff proud to say they work for Neami.

We acknowledge Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities as the Traditional Custodians of the land we work on and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise that their sovereignty was never ceded. Neami National is committed to cultivating inclusive environments for staff, consumers and carers. We celebrate, value and include people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, cultures, bodies and abilities. We are an environmentally conscious organisation.

Incentives include:

  • Diverse and inclusive organisation
  • Induction and extensive Learning and Development Program
  • Regular Practice Development sessions and coaching with your supervisor
  • Salary Packaging providing tax benefits available for living and entertainment expenses
  • Excellent conditions including paid parental leave, a monthly accrued day off (If Full Time), generous long service leave, wellness and gratis leave
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Pet friendly environment

The terms and conditions of the role are listed in the Position Description. If you have any further questions not addressed in the advertising words or position description please email: Peter.Hadley@neaminational.org.au, using the subject line: Lived Experience Workers - Eastern Melbourne Preventative Health Initiative enquiry via EthicalJobs.

No recruitment agencies candidates need apply

We celebrate multidisciplinary teams and value the rich skills and experiences brought by applicants from a range of sectors and professional backgrounds. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged.

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