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Job Number : 24413
Type and Location : Psychologist / WA - Other
Listed By : Nindilingarri Cultural Health Services on 15 May 2018
Community Psychologist

Nindilingarri Cultural Health Services (NCHS) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO).  It began in 1995, following a wide reaching community consultation. The consultation aimed to establish the type of health service the local Community wanted. The clear message from this consultation was that the community wanted a holistic, culturally appropriate service that recognises the impact of Aboriginal Law, Culture, Spirit and Land issues on the health of the Community. The Community also specified that they wanted an ACCHO that focused on disease prevention and health promotion. Most importantly, they wanted a service that worked together with the existing, State run, hospital service to avoid duplication of services and improve the quality of services for local people.  It was from this consultation that the concept of a partnership between the Fitzroy Valley Health Service (FVHS) and NCHS was formed. 

Nindilingarri Cultural Health Services is committed to delivering a range of holistic and culturally appropriate health care services to the Indigenous population of the Fitzroy Valley, amongst whom traditional law, language and cultural practices remain strong. Located in the heart of the Kimberley region of Western Australia, 260km from Derby and 290km from Halls Creek, we service 45 Indigenous communities scattered over an area of approximately 300km.

Fitzroy Crossing is a mesmerising place to live and you can look forward to learning and experiencing the rich culture, history and customs of the Bunuba, Gooniyandi, Walmajarri, Nyikina and Wangkatjunka people.

JOB SUMMARY

This is an exciting position which will see you using your experience to successfully provide psychological assessment, intervention and evaluation to provide primary mental health and suicide prevention services for people with or at risk of mental illness and/or suicide.

You will be working with a team of two Aboriginal community navigators to better facilitate the link between family, cultural and community driven solutions and clinical mental health care for your clients.

JOB DETAILS

In 1995, following extensive community consultation, Nindilingarri Cultural Health Services (NCHS) was established as an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO) to deliver culturally appropriate services that recognises the impact of Aboriginal Law, Culture, Spirit and Land issues on the health of the Community. Nindilingarri Cultural Health services focuses on disease prevention and health promotion.

In an exciting project for the organisation, the Community Psychologist leads a team to provide primary mental health and suicide prevention services for people with or at risk of mental illness and/or suicide. The program has been co-designed and supported by the leaders from a consortium of key Aboriginal organisations in the Fitzroy Valley, in an effort to provide more holistic and culturally secure support to vulnerable clients and their families.

The Community Psychologist will coordinate the team, with two Aboriginal community navigators. The program aims to improve mental health and social and emotional well-being in the Fitzroy Valley communities by delivering a holistic model of care, with clinical and cultural components.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide high quality assessments, counselling and support to individuals and their families, through evidence based therapeautic interventions;
  • Identify and include cultural and social programs from the program leadership consortium in the recovery plans of clients and families, and work with community navigators to link clients in to these;
  • Coordinate the timely and accurate preparation of client records, MDS reports and statistics, and other records in accordance with organisational and funding body requirements;
  • Establish, support and maintain collaborative working relationships with key members within the cultural and social programs from the program consortium, as well as with other service providers in the Fitzroy Valley and the Kimberley region;
  • Actively coordinate in the delivery of the program across the 45 communities in the Fitzroy Valley;
  • Where possible, develop and distribute locally designed and relevant health promotion and education resources for families and communities relating to mental health, and social and emotional wellbeing;
  • Contribute to strategic planning activities of the program;
  • Contribute to, promote and adhere to the philosophy, policies and procedures of the Nindilingarri Cultural Health Services;
  • Maintain the highest level of commitment and achievement in Occupational Safety and Health, Equal Employment Opportunity, Code of Conduct, Code of Ethics, Performance Management, Customer Focus, Disability Services and Confidentiality standards in the workplace at all times;

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA

Essential:

  1. Tertiary qualifications in Psychology or other relevant field, and current registration with the Psychologist Board of Australia (or relevant professional body);
  2. Experience providing psychological assessment, intervention and evaluation of clients with mild to moderate mental illness and/or at risk of suicide;
  3. Demonstrated ability to maintain high quality case notes and client records
  4. Excellent organisational and time management skills and the ability to operate autonomously with limited direct supervision;
  5. Realistic and flexible attitude, and genuine commitment to working in a remote area with people from differing cultural perspectives;
  6. Willingness to follow advice and guidance from Aboriginal community navigators, for delivering culturally safe and responsive primary mental health care to individuals, families and communities;
  7. Satisfactory Police and Working With Children Clearances or willingness to obtain;
  8. Current driver's licence;

Desired:

  1. Knowledge of the cultural protocols for dealing with mental health illness in Aboriginal communities or corresponding culturally sensitive issues;
  2. Prior experience living and working in a remote location

 

We offer exciting employment incentives including:

  • 4WD vehicle
  • Salary packaging
  • Generous leave entitlements, including 7 weeks annual leave
  • Heavily subsidised, fully furnished housing
  • Relocation assistance



ALL APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE A CV, REFERENCES AND A WRITTEN RESPONSE TO THE SELECTION CRITERIA TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

Salary $110,000 (plus Super) dependant on experience and qualifications. 

IMMEDIATE START – PLEASE APPLY ASAP

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.

A job description is available on request. Please contact: 

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE A CV, REFERENCES AND A WRITTEN RESPONSE TO THE SELECTION CRITERIA TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

Applications Close: 29th May 2018

We are an equal opportunity employer. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Contact Details
Callum Lamond

0891930093

Officemanager@nindilingarri.org.au



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