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Reference Number 10803
Position Title Senior Aboriginal Health Worker - Identified Position
Employment Type Permanent Full Time
Department Executive Office
Enterprise Agreement The Named NSW (Non-Declared) Affiliated Health Organisations' Professional & Associated Staff Agreement 2009
Position Grade AHENS - Snr Aboriginal HEO Non-G
Salary $75,189.32 to $78,106.10
Hours per Week 38
Position Summary

A vacancy exists in the above unit for a highly motivated A Senior Aboriginal Health Worker (SAHW) with appropriate knowledge and skills to join our friendly and supportive team. Our progressive and innovative team offers development opportunities for our staff and a caring environment for the delivery of high quality patient centred care.


This role will be responsible for supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients who are dealing with health related issues primarily in acute and sub-acute settings. The SAHW will also assist St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney staff to provide culturally safe/respectful care to Aboriginal patients and families. The SAHW role carries responsibilities for effective liaison and linkage with key community controlled organisations, particularly Aboriginal Community groups and services. The AHW works in close collaboration with Allied Health workers, care coordinators, and other health professionals and multi-disciplinary teams for care planning.


The position also has a high level of contribution to the implementation and promotion of the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney and well as the Aboriginal Health Plan.


The SAHW will assist in the responsibility of project, contract management and research, along with supervision of the Aboriginal Health Workers in the absence of the Director.


The SAHW will also be responsible for reporting and brief preparation.



This is a Targeted position in accordance with Policy Directive (PD2016_053) NSW Health Good Health - Great Jobs: Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2016 – 2020. Priority is given to suitable Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants who meet the selection criteria. Confirmation of Aboriginality will be required.



The vacancy is open to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens who hold a valid New Zealand passport, Australian permanent residents and those non-residents deemed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to be eligible to work in Australia only.


Application Instructions:

St Vincent's Health Network Sydney is committed to reconciliation and encourages Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people to apply for all advertised positions.

All applicants are required to address the Selection Criteria in their application and should include two referees in their application. Please address your application to the Contact Person listed.


About St Vincent's Health Network Sydney:

St Vincent's Health Network Sydney is made up of three public hospitals, St Vincent's Hospital Sydney, Sacred Heart Health Service and St Joseph's Hospital at Auburn. We are part of St Vincent's Health Australia, the largest diversified health care organisation within Australia's not for profit Catholic health care sector. As a Catholic health and aged care service provider, our mission is to bring God's love to those in need through the healing ministry of Jesus, with a commitment to those who are poor and vulnerable.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity, ethical practices, and the principles of cultural diversity and promote a smoke free work environment. Appropriate criminal record and child protection are checks conducted for all successful candidates. Employment with St Vincent's is subject to you having current immunity status that complies with the Assessment, Screening & Vaccination against Specified Infectious Diseases - Policy Directive Immunisation history complies with NSW Health Policy Directive PD2011_005. Appointment and ongoing employment will be subject to continued compliance with the policy directive.

Selection Criteria Essential: Personal integrity and demonstrated commitment to the Philosophy, Mission and Values of Mary Aikenhead Ministries
Essential: Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; be accepted as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which he/she lives, or has lived. This is an Aboriginal Identified position in accordance with Part 9A of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. Aboriginal applicants must demonstrate Aboriginality in addition to addressing the selection criterion.
Essential: Qualifications relevant to Aboriginal Health Services such as an Aboriginal Health Services Certificate or Associate Diploma (preferred)
Essential: Relevant experience and service as an Aboriginal Health Education Officer (Non-Graduate) or health worker with experience in specialties in any of the areas including: Aboriginal Health/Education, Social Work, Psychology, Nursing, Welfare or equivalent including a demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in mental health, drug and alcohol, domestic violence, child protection, victims of crimes, trauma, sudden death and the coronial process.
Essential: Knowledge and understanding of the sensitivities impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including crisis intervention, short term solution focused intervention, grief and loss work and complex assessment and care planning
Essential: High level skills in time management, liaison and negotiation, including the ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team in a high demand environment with competing demands
Essential: High level written, verbal and computer communication skills, with experience in providing support and advocacy for Aboriginal patients, families and carers
Essential: Experience providing services to the Aboriginal community, have advanced skills in Aboriginal primary health care, coordinate Aboriginal services and programs/projects, including delivering education and orientation workshops internal and external to the organization.• Current Drivers Licence
Contact Person Pauline Deweerd
Contact Number (02) 8382 2407
Closing Date 31/07/2017
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Please note that this position will close at 11:45pm on the closing date.