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Cancer Strategy Coordinator

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • Full time, 12 month Maximum term contract

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) is the peak body for Aboriginal health and wellbeing in the State of Victoria. VACCHO provides leadership in community control and health equality for Aboriginal organisations and communities. We are a centre of expertise, policy advice, training and innovation in Aboriginal health. VACCHO advocates for the health equality and optimum health of all Aboriginal people in Victoria.

The Aboriginal Cancer Screening Strategy is a key part of VACCHO’s approach to the cancer journey, and activities from this will be embedded in to a whole of life approach to cancer. The broader vision acknowledges that there are inequities for Aboriginal Victorians cancer pathway from prevention, screening, and early detection, to treatment, palliative care, and survivorship.

As the Cancer Strategy Co-Ordinator, a key focus will be to maintain a steadfast commitment to Aboriginal culture and self-determination and the philosophy of Aboriginal Community Control, while providing leadership in working with VACCHO members and other stakeholders to achieve gains in Aboriginal health and wellbeing.

A key highlight in your role will incorporate further development, manage and co-ordinate a culturally safe, evidence-based, best practice Cancer screening strategy that evaluates innovative programs to improve outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians. While implementing a strong focus on increasing cancer screening participation for the three priority cancers; breast, bowel and cervical, you will strategize conclusions on how to improve cancer outcomes, decreasing incidence of cervical cancer in Aboriginal women & decreasing incidence of colorectal cancer in Aboriginal Victorians.

To be successful in this rewarding role, you will need:

  • Knowledge and understanding of, or the ability to acquire knowledge of the issues affecting the health of Aboriginal Australians (particularly in relation to Health Promotion)
  • An understanding and ability to articulate Aboriginal self-determination, community advancement and capacity building, as well as to a high quality of service delivery and organisational excellence
  • High level strategic, written, communication, influencing and liaison and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership including supervision, and managing individual key performance indicators
  • Displays initiative and can-do attitude in a sensitive, collaborative, respectful manner with ability to listen to prioritise and develop key relationships
  • Strong organisational and planning skills, including effective time and workload management
  • Demonstrated excellent emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills to develop, maintain and enhance relationships, facilitate consultation, and highly developed influencing and negotiation skills to gain co-operation of others in achievement of objectives
  • High level written, administrative and ICT skills to prepare reports, submissions and general correspondence including translation and analysis of data
  • Ability to identify and analyse problems, establish appropriate solutions and recommendations using analytical and conceptual skills


  • Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • A qualification (or equivalent experience) in health-related field (e.g. Public Health)
  • Experience in the health and wellbeing sector or the not-for profit sector

Compliance with VACCHO Standards

  • VACCHO is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait to apply for all positions advertised (Equal Opportunity Act 2010). We are committed to ensuring our workplace and member services support also reflect this.

Everyone is welcome at VACCHO and candidates regardless of age, cultural background, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religious affiliation are encouraged to apply.

  • VACCHO requires all employees to comply with all work health and safety rules, regulations and relevant Codes of Practice (Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004).
  • VACCHO requires employees to participate in and promote our quality control, risk management, safety and compliance systems. This includes participating in the development and application of VACCHO’s policies and procedures, as well as the identification, reporting and management of risks. This includes adherence to all VACCHO Quality Management System (QMS) ISO 9001:2015 requirements.
  • VACCHO requires employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct, including commitment to confidentiality and conflict of interest declarations.

Other Employment-Related Information

  • A National Police Records Check is required as a condition of employment
  • A Working With Children Check is required
  • A Victorian Drivers License is required. Travel is requirement of this position. This includes travel across Victoria and occasional inter-state travel. Travel at this time has been impacted by COVID-19 but will be an integral part of the role
  • VACCHO is a Smoke Free Workplace

Head over to our VACCHO website www.vaccho.org.au/workwithus/employment to download the position description.

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