Positions Vacant

Psychologist or Provisional Psychologist

Part-time: Negotiable 2-3 days/week

Location: 1a Badger Creek Rd, Healesville

Reports to: HICSA Program Manager

The Psychologist will work closely with the in-house registered Clinical Psychologist supervisor, Mental Health Worker (s) and other HICSA staff and service providers to implement a culturally responsive, integrated and locally based model for mental health services. The focus will be on supporting Aboriginal children, youth, adults and families on pathways to wellbeing and recovery from trauma, socio-cultural challenges and substance misuse.
The Psychologist will be responsible to the HICSA Program Manager and will work as part of the expanding Mental Health Team at the Healesville Belonging Place. This position is part- time.

BACKGROUND
The Healesville region of the Yarra Ranges is a stronghold of Aboriginal history and culture, which pervades its beautiful hills, lush valleys and bushland.
In order to work in a culturally responsive and empowering manner, the mental health team accounts for the history of Aboriginal ancestral trauma and on-going displacement and loss of agency. For example, the tragic fate of Coranderrk Reserve alongside the history of government treatment of its people, left a legacy that is deeply felt today.

The Indigenous population of Healesville and the surrounding area is about 2,500 people, many of whom are from distinct Indigenous language and cultural population groups from across Australia. The number is expected to increase to over 5,000 by 2021 (Profile of Indigenous Representation in Eastern Metro Melbourne, Department of Justice, 2009). Such a broad representation of different Aboriginal nationalities, aided by the legacy of Coranderrk, has created a great diversity among the local Indigenous population.

HICSA & The Belonging Place
Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association (HICSA) was established in 2009, in response to a long-term unmet need for a clearly identified Aboriginal Belonging/Gathering Place in the outer eastern Indigenous community. Since its inception in 2009 HICSA has established itself as a significant source of support for local community. HICSA is committed to providing a mix of direct and partnership-based service delivery, particularly for services that are more appropriately delivered from an Aboriginal controlled organisation and space.
The HICSA vision has remained constant with the Board and staff working towards ‘A healthy, strong and skilled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community in Melbourne’s Outer East”

POSITION SUMMARY/OBJECTIVES
The position is responsible for working in collaboration with a small multi-disciplinary mental health care
team in the delivery of culturally appropriate and responsive psycho-social services to clients and their families within the serviced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.
Based in Healesville the role is expected to:
• improve the social, cultural and emotional health and wellbeing of Aboriginal communities in the outer east of Melbourne
• enhance access to mental health services, facilitating an integrated approach with other closely connected services including social and emotional wellbeing, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drug treatment services.
• address the underlying causes of psychological and emotional distress and support clients to manage and overcome their symptoms.
• reconnect community members to culture, land, safe rituals and community

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES
Key Responsibilities
• To engage with clients and their families, where appropriate, in a culturally safe environment to co-develop a realistic and achievable treatment plan.
• To walk with the client throughout the implementation of the treatment plan.
• Working with HICSA and the Mental Health Worker, the client and their family, and other service providers, the psychologist will prepare a customised treatment plan to compliment the client’s cultural strengthening plan linking the client into appropriate cultural strengthening programming provided by HICSA, Boorndawan or MMIGP.
• Provide high quality psychological assessment and intervention for clients within the context of primary health care in a professional, confidential and culturally safe manner, in keeping with accepted best practice standards. This will include clinic-based appointments and home visits.
• Work collaboratively as part of the multidisciplinary team to coordinate care for clients, including liaising with internal and external service providers, working with family and friends, and actively participate in case review meetings.
• As required, relate to young clients in a manner which is culturally relevant and appropriate to their developmental and cognitive level of functioning and provide services in a youth friendly manner.
• Conduct bio-psycho-social assessments of clients presenting to the service using evidence based assessment tools, which hopefully have been normed on an Indigenous population.
• Conduct risk assessments, including assessment of suicide risk and violence risk and provide follow up support, referrals and treatment.
• Monitor clients for critical changes and initiate appropriate emergency procedure in partnership with acute care providers and medical specialists as indicated.
• Knowledge and understanding of, and adherence to relevant legislation, policies and issues impacting on service delivery for clients and their families.
• Provide timely follow-up, monitoring and care as directed through health assessments and / or GP and/or psychiatrist Management Plans / Team Care Arrangements.
• Incorporate a holistic approach to health care that recognises spirit-based healing practices, includes health promotion activities according to community and HICSA priorities.
• Ensure information is recorded accurately and in a timely manner in the electronic health record system, and that records are maintained in accordance with APS accreditation standards.
• Ensure maintenance of privacy and confidentiality in relation to client information in accordance with HICSA policy, cultural protocol and professional ethics and guidelines.
• Work closely with administrative staff to ensure that booking and billing of clients is completed efficiently and accurately
• Actively maintain knowledge of the application of the MBS relevant to your job role and ensure information about completed MBS items is effectively captured for accurate processing of claims.
• Ensure that all actions operate in accordance with the HICSA Protecting Children policy and other core policy and legislative frameworks.
Self- Management and Team Contribution
• Maintain confidentiality in line with Code of Conduct and comply with all HICSA Policies and Procedures
• Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team including Mental Health Workers and Outreach staff
• Provide peer consultation as appropriate to supporting staff
• Provide input into the development of clinical practices, procedures and protocols within the work area
• Participate in quality and service improvement activities to continually improve client care
• Comply with all professional development requirements for maintenance of registration as a Psychologist through the health regulation board (APHRA) and the

Psychology Board of Australia
• Participate in scheduled performance appraisals; undertake further training and skills development identified for optimum ongoing performance in the job role
• Actively participate in professional development including continuing education opportunities provided
• through the organisation and regular clinical and cultural supervision
• Work within the legal and ethical frameworks required by the organisation and the psychology profession
• Streamline procedures for seamless client care within HICSA and with external providers
• As an employee, work in a healthy and safe manner and encourage others to do the same; comply with all warning and safety signage; report or rectify any unsafe conditions; adhere to HICSA’s Workplace Health and Safety policies and procedures

POSITION SELECTION CRITERIA
Qualifications/Licenses/Requirements
Appointment to this position requires proof of qualification and registration or membership with the appropriate registration authority or association. Certified copies of the required information must be provided to the appropriate supervisor / manager, prior to the commencement of clinical duties.
• The successful applicant must hold at least a tertiary degree (or equivalent qualification) in Psychology with general registration as a Psychologist, or registration with endorsement as a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) –Psychology Board of Australia
• Current membership (or eligibility and willingness to gain membership) of the Australian Psychological Society and demonstrated ability to comply with the profession’s code of ethics and practice in accordance with legislation affecting psychology practice for maintenance of registration with the Psychology Board of Australia
• Experience in providing assessment, intervention and case management services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is highly desirable
• Demonstrated experience working effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities & services
• Demonstrated in depth knowledge of mental health issues and the impacts on people and families.
• Experience in developing internal and external networks and partnering with communities in order to seek collaborative solutions.
• Advanced knowledge coordinating and implementing quality programs that address mental health issues.
• Demonstrated strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
• Well developed problem solving, conflict resolution and decision making abilities.
• Experience with managing and monitoring budgets.
• Demonstrated sound organisational and administrative skills.
• Demonstrated competency in using databases and Microsoft Office programs.

Must have:
• Current Drivers Licence
• Working with Children Check
• First Aid (desired)

General Conditions
All HICSA Board members, staff and volunteers are required to:
• Model the HICSA values of Respect, Caring & Sharing
• Act at all times in accordance with the HICSA Code of Conduct
• Comply with the Work Health and Safety management system
• Undertake a police check prior to commencement and every 3 years thereafter
• Support a child safe organisation by undertaking screening for suitability to work with children, youth and vulnerable people and to comply with relevant state/territory legislative requirements

Part time 2 – 3 days/week, contract to 30 June 2021, subject to funding. Salary packaging available, please contact Kirsty Savage, HICSA Business Manager for more information. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must address the selection criteria contained in the position description. Email admin@hicsa.org.au. Closes 20 May 2019.

F1000DA Peer Researcher/Life Coach

Negotiable 4-5 days/week, 7.6 hours/day

Location: 1a Badger Creek Rd, Healesville

Reports to: HICSA Program Manager

BACKGROUND

The Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association Inc (HICSA) was established in 2009. Its purpose is to establish and operate a base from which an integrated program of health, wellbeing, education and employment services for the Aboriginal community is delivered within a cultural framework of respect, caring and sharing.

 

The Healesville region of the Yarra Ranges is a stronghold of Aboriginal history and culture, which pervades its beautiful hills, lush valleys and bushland. However, the recent history of Aboriginal settlement in the area is not so positive. The fate of Coranderrk Reserve, and the history of government treatment of its people, left a legacy that is still felt today.

 

The Indigenous population of Healesville and the surrounding area is about 2,500 people, many of whom are from distinct Indigenous language and cultural population groups from across Australia. The number is expected to increase to over 5,000 by 2021 (Profile of Indigenous Representation in Eastern Metro Melbourne, Department of Justice, 2009). Such a broad representation of different Aboriginal nationalities, aided by the legacy of Coranderrk, has created a great diversity among the local Indigenous population.

 

Whilst Healesville already has a number of Aboriginal facilities, they serve different purposes and are not integrated. Above all, the local Indigenous community lacks a place that they can call their own.

The establishment of the Healesville Indigenous ‘Belonging’ Place is the key project of Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association Inc.

 

The following vision was developed by local Indigenous people and service providers through a series of community forums in 2004 and 2007:

 

“To establish a welcoming and culturally affirming place in Healesville that provides a central point of contact for community members, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, for information, services and programs that are focused on building a healthy, strong and skilled community”.

 

The primary need has been identified as being for Indigenous youth, but not to the exclusion of elders. In fact, a facility that brings together the knowledge and guidance of elders with the vitality of youth is an ideal combination.

 

FIRST 1000 DAYS PROJECT

The Yarra Ranges First 1000 Days project focuses on the time from preconception of a baby until a child’s second birthday. During this time a family directed plan is enacted in partnership with a comprehensive range of local agencies. The early life services coordinate support that includes evidence generative strategies and complementary time specific interventions that facilitate entrepreneurship.

 

A Regional Governance Group established to oversee the implementation of the project, uses a collective impact approach to reorientate deficit laden programmatic responses. The reorientated services harness the collective efforts of people, agencies and businesses to meet the aspirations that families have for their children.

 

The First 1000 Days program shifts and adapts according to the culture and aspirations of families. A local peer is to be employed to engage and seek families input into a household survey. The survey captures family aspirations and sets program activities, the data from all the surveys become the baseline and are used to track impact and outcomes over time. The data collected during the surveys is to contribute to the evidence base for the F1000DA movement, held by Melbourne University.

POSITION SUMMARY/OBJECTIVES

Work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, researchers, Community members, frontline workers and policy makers to provide a coordinated, comprehensive, holistic and culturally informed intervention to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families/individuals to address their needs through a multigenerational and dynamic expression of family.

 

The F1000DA Peer Researcher/Life Coach role will work with the F1000DA Project Coordinator to gather survey responses from 20 Community households who fall anywhere between preconception birthing age through to having a child up to 2 years of age.

 

The F1000DA Peer Researcher/Life Coach role will then work with 20 individuals in Community, who previously took part in the survey, to map out their aspirations and work towards achieving them through linking to appropriate services via internal and/or external referrals.

 

This trial will contribute to the evidence base on more culturally appropriate ways to engage families experiencing vulnerability and provide earlier intervention approaches.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Promote the importance of the F1000DA project and identify 20 households to participate
  • Complete 20 household surveys in Community to contribute to the evidence base
  • Engage with 20 individual Community members and their families, where appropriate, in a culturally safe environment to co-develop a realistic and achievable aspiration map
  • Prioritise aspirations for 20 individual survey participants who range between the preconception birthing age to having a child up to 2 years of age and wish to continue with the project
  • Work to achieve aspirations set by the 20 individual Community members
  • To walk with the Community members throughout the implementation of their aspiration maps. This includes the provision of transport, where required, to ensure their cultural safety during referrals and enhance the likelihood of achieving their aspirations
  • Support Community through internal referrals and utilising service provider networks for external referrals during the process of the project as additional challenges /circumstances / issues arise.
  • Participate in relevant networks and maintain positive relationships with the Community
  • Work with the F1000DA Project Coordinator to provide a reports to DHHS with updates to be relayed to the Regional Governance Group and Elder Panel including:

o a progress report at the mid-point of the 12 month pilot

o a final report at the completion of the 12 month pilot with updates

  • Facilitate engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Communities and local service providers

 

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • Demonstrated commitment to the care and support of Aboriginal Community
  • This position requires substantial knowledge and experience in the Community services field including demonstrated in depth knowledge of social issues that impact on Aboriginal people, particularly Indigenous families
  • Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture and demonstrated knowledge of how to effectively communicate with Aboriginal people is essential
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal young people, families and Communities
  • A good understanding of local service providers and a strong ability to work in partnership with local service providers to aid in achieving Community aspirations
  • Excellent relationship management skills and the ability to deal with a diverse, and often competing, range of expectations and Community needs.
  • A thorough understanding of the F1000DA Movement with formal F1000DA Training highly regarded
  • Demonstrated experience achieving project outcomes
  • Demonstrated sound organisational and administrative skills, including the ability to prepare submissions and reports to Boards / Committees of Management
  • Demonstrated competency in using databases, Microsoft Office programs and communication tools, such as social and other emerging media

 

Must have:

  • Through understanding of the F1000DA movement
  • Current Working With Children’s Check or commitment to complete
  • Current First Aid Certificate or commitment to complete
  • Experience working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Communities
  • Current driver’s license

 

General Conditions

All HICSA Board members, staff and volunteers are required to:

  • Model the HICSA values of Respect, Caring & Sharing
  • Act at all times in accordance with the HICSA Code of Conduct
  • Comply with the Work Health and Safety management system
  • Undertake a police check prior to commencement and every 3 years thereafter
  • Support a child safe organisation by undertaking screening for suitability to work with children, youth and people experiencing vulnerability and to comply with relevant state/territory legislative requirements
  • Ensure that all program initiatives operate in accordance with the HICSA Protecting Children policy and other core policy and legislative frameworks
  • Ensure budgets are met by monitoring program budgets and managing program costs/expenses

 

Negotiable 4-5 days/week, 7.6 hours/day. Salary range: $59,280 – $67,184 plus superannuation. Contract to 20 December 2019, with possibility of extension, subject to funding. Salary packaging available.

AWARD AND CLASSIFICATION: ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY CONTROLLED HEALTH SERVICES AWARD 2010, Administrative Class Grade 6, Level 1

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must address the selection criteria contained in the position description. Email to admin@hicsa.org.au Applications close 20 May 2019