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Peer Support Worker, STEPMI - Geelong Otway Catchment

Neami National

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

About the Role

  • Part Time (0.8FTE) role available
  • 12-month Maximum Term Contract until 31 June 2021 with possibility of extension
  • Location: requirement to work mobile across the Geelong Otway catchment that includes the LGA’s of Queenscliff, Geelong, Golden Plains, Surf Coast, and Colac Otway

STEPMI – Services and Treatment for Enduring and Persistent Mental Illness

The STEPMI model (Services and Treatment for Enduring and Persistent Mental Illness) focuses on provision of primary care treatment combinations to people with enduring and persistent serious mental Illness in the community. Across the Geelong Otway region, it is intended to deliver equitable access to appropriate services that facilitate the coordinated and efficient provision of person-centred treatment and care. Shared treatment plans will underpin liaison and partnership with care teams, GPs and other care providers. STEPMI access to the evidence-based Optimal Health Program (OHP), co-facilitated by a clinician and Peer Support Worker.

The Peer Support Worker (PSW) is an integral member of the multi-disciplinary team and will draw on their lived experience of recovery from mental illness to instill confidence and hope in consumers and their own individual journey of recovery. As a PSW you will work collaboratively in planning and co-facilitating group work, primarily the Optimal Health Program.

The PSW will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team including an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner (in partnership with Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Operative), a lead clinician, social worker and occupational therapist aimed at providing intervention support and facilitating service access for consumers.

Core duties

  • Engage consumers and develop trusting and professional relationships
  • Case management support to people living with a mental illness or psychiatric disability to improve their health and wellbeing
  • Facilitate recovery focused groups
  • Provide assertive outreach support to consumers
  • Referral and linkage to relevant support services
  • Secondary Consultation
  • Collect, collate and maintain data on consumer contact

What will you bring to the role?

  • 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:

  • A tertiary qualification or experience to a similar level in the areas of health; welfare; allied health or housing
  • Current 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, generous long service leave, wellness and gratis leave
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Pet friendly environment

How to apply

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 contact:

Name: Mick Jones - Clinical Lead STEPMI

Phone number: 0447 042 367

Closing Date: Sunday 31 May 2020

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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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