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Aboriginal Health Outreach Worker

St Patrick's Community Support Centre
  • Part Time Fixed Term Contract
  • Crossroads team

Aboriginality - this position has been deemed an identified position under Section 50D of the Equal Opportunity Act (A) 1984 (WA).

Funded by the Mental Health Commission (Drug and Alcohol Office), the service model was developed as a strategic response to tackle problematic street drinking and related anti-social behaviour within the Metropolitan area of Perth.

Client facing elements include assertive outreach, health education, harm minimisation strategies, and welfare support will be provided to improve the health and wellbeing of the target group (i.e. clients who are street drinkers and have problematic drug dependency issues).

Service activity will take place in the geographical hotspot areas of Fremantle, Perth CBD and the commercial area of Maylands. Where this need is identified the service will respond and the Aboriginal Health Outreach Worker will be expected to work within these areas in conjunction with the Assertive Outreach Workers.

POSITION PROFILE

To work alongside the Assertive Outreach Workers who are responsible for the delivery of the client-facing elements of the project, i.e. working with street-present people who are experiencing alcohol or other drug issues. Using a harm minimisation approach, you will build relationships; provide social assistance, supported referrals and other appropriate measures to address some of the complex and multifaceted support needs of the client target group.

Key features will be to:

  • Encourage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to access health and related services, through approaches focused at both individual and community levels
  • Provide Aboriginal Australians in the community with information about the services that are available for them and encourage them to make contact with primary health care, and other health promoting, services in their region
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with relevant local stakeholders in Aboriginal health, particularly local communities and Aboriginal Medical Services
  • Provide guidance around and assist primary care providers in providing culturally appropriate and safe environments
  • Assist ATSI people to understand their chronic health condition and how to manage it as
    required
  • A relevant health qualification - for example Aboriginal Health Worker, Nurse, or Diabetes Educator - is required

For further information about the position please contact our Director Homelessness and Support Services, Victor Crevatin on 6372 4800.

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